Film on menstruation, set in rural India, joins Oscar race

Period. End of Sentence , a the short film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation, has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton. The executive producer of the film is Guneet Monga. The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. The film also delves upon Mr. Muruganantham’s invention of an easy-to-operate machine that makes low-cost sanitary napkins using supplies that are readily available in India. Mr. Muruganantham, whose story inspired the Bollywood feature film Pad Man , brings his machines to these small towns, helping train women to operate them and in turn sell the supplies at very affordable prices to other women in their area. The women retain the profits, effectively creating a sustainable women-run micro-business that protects both their health and their future. Period. End of Sentence is among ten films that have advanced in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. A total of 104 films had originally qualified in the category. Village Rockstars India’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Category, Village Rockstars is out of the Oscar race. Nominations for the 91st Oscars will be announced on January 22, 2019, over a month ahead of the Oscars ceremony which is slated to be held on February 24, 2019.

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