India shines at the Oscars 2019 with path-breaking film ‘Period. End of Sentence’

In an effort to provide human rights to women world over, the film also breaks stigma attached to menstruation.

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The 91st Academy Awards better known as The Oscars saw rural India hit the spotlight for all the right reasons. Period. End of Sentence, a film directed by award-winning director Rayka Zehtabchi along with Melissa Berton, won the Oscar for the Documentary (Short Subject).

Apart from addressing a taboo subject of menstruation, Period. End of Sentence’s Oscar wins also brings glory to the Indian film community, since the film has been produced by Guneet Monga, founder of Sikhya Entertainment. Monga and her production house has been involved with many other critically acclaimed films such as The Lunchbox, Haraamkhor and Masaan.

In an official release Monga said, “Thank you to the Academy for the highest honour and for recognising the efforts of the young girls from Oakwood School in Los Angeles to Kathikera in Uttar Pradesh in helping us shatter the glass ceiling.”

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The documentary has been creating waves world over, winning awards, and has recently premiered on Netflix India. Period. End of Sentence depicts how women from a small Indian village of Hapur lead a quiet revolution against societal biases against menstrual cycles as well as gain financial security and independence. The journey of the film began in a classroom in Los Angeles, where Berton and her students at Oakwood High School wanted to make a difference with their The Pad Project.

Period. End of Sentence’s Oscar win squarely confronts a subject that most people are repelled and forces it to ignite a conversation about health and hygiene—not just in India but world over. The film comes at the heels of the mainstream Hindi film, Padman, which was loosely based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, can be said to have led the way towards highlighting the need for a change of attitude towards feminine hygiene.

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The other Oscar win that has us excited us is Bao in the category of Short Film (Animated). An animated short film, directed by Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi, is the fifth Pixar production to take home the golden statue. Not just that, Shi is the first woman to have directed a short film at the computer animation film studio.

Bao is a story of an ageing mother suffering from empty nest syndrome where she manifests her maternal instincts towards a dumpling, which has sprung to life. The emotional connect that the dialogue-less film was able to create, across cultures, made it a favourite of audiences and critiques alike. The film was released as part of Incredibles 2 in June 2018.


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