“Period: End of Sentence” won the Oscar in the Best Documentary Film Category. The film documents a group of women in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, and how they slowly bring about change in the village. The film seeks to remove taboos surrounding menstruation even as it spreads information on health and hygiene. The film is directed by Iranian American director Rayka Zehtabchi and co produced by Guneet Monga.
The others in the race for the Oscars in the Best Documentary Short were- Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. Period was created by Oakwood High School students who had also founded the Pad Project, a non profit organisation which aims to fight the stigma of menstruation starting with a village outside Delhi.
The short film of 25 minutes tells us how a group of women in Hapur learn to use a machine which dispenses low cost biodegradable sanitary pads which they sell to other women in the village under the brand name FLY.
In her acceptance speech an emotional 25 year old director Zehtabchi said, ‘I can’t believe that a film about menstruation just won an Oscar.’