Documentary on menstruation in India wins an Oscar

India’s moment at the Oscars comes exactly a decade after A.R. Rahman and sound engineer Resul Pookutty won the Academy awards for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

Period. End of Sentence, a film on menstruation, set in rural India has won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards.

Rayka Zehtabchi has directed the short film, which has been produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment.

“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 in her acceptance speech.

The documentary feature is set in Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women did not have access to sanitary pads, which lead to health issues and girls dropping out from schools. When a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering their community. They name their brand FLY .

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