Period-End of Sentence a 25-minute documentary set in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district won an Oscar at the 91 Academy Awards on Monday. Period directed by the Iranian-American director Rayka Zehtabchi won the award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). The other nominations in the category were Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night
While accepting the award, Zehtabchi said: “I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar,” Zehtabchi said. The documentary was produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment and crowdfunded by students from Los Angeles along with their teacher Melissa Berton.
The documentary highlights the taboo around menstruation in India, due to which access to sanitary and hygienic products are difficult to come by. It talks about the hesitation in talking about menstruation and how several young women faced health issues and were even forced to drop out of school due to this.
When a vending machine for sanitary pads is set up in Hapur district, the women begin manufacturing and marketing their own products under the brand FLY.