A Film On Period Just Broke The Internet Despite Being “Icky”
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything, I can’t believe a film about menstruation won an Oscar!” That was Rayka Zehtabchi’s exclamation when she gave her acceptance speech at the 2019 Oscars.
Yup, you read that right. The film Period. End of Sentence took home the award for Best Documentary Short, directed by Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Zehtabchi and was produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga from Sikhya Entertainment.
All men should watch this docu @NetflixIndia “Period: End of Sentence” is not only about menstruation but about patriarchy, education, girl power, gender issue, entrepreneurship & aspiration. @DEFindia should put pad machines in each of its digital centers in 600 locations pic.twitter.com/GrlRhM9qmZ
— OsamaManzar (@OsamaManzar) February 14, 2019
A part of The Pad Project crew by the students at Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton, were present at the award ceremony too.
Despite an anonymous comment written in the Oscar ballot that the film was “icky”, we can’t deny that it broke boundaries surrounding taboos on period and womanly blood.
The user wrote, “[I’m not going to vote for] Period. End of Sentence — it’s well done, but it’s about women getting their period, and I don’t think any man is voting for this film because it’s just icky for men.”
Thank you ! This win belongs to all is girls across the country, because there is nothing impossible for us. Thank you for supporting our movie. We would love to do screenings in more and more villages for educational purposes. That would mean everything. https://t.co/YLLBA5hJBG
— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) February 25, 2019
The documentary film depicted the deep-rooted stigma on the subject of menstruation in a rural village in India. It also highlighted how young women and girls were prevented from their right on education, worshiping in temples and the access to basic sanitary products.
When a sanitary pad vending machine was installed in the village, the women learnt to manufacture and market their own pads named FLY, a way of empowering their community. Watch the trailer here: