NEW DELHI: On Monday, Khatikhera, a home to about 3,500 people is all about celebration as ‘Period. End of Sentence,’ an India-based documentary created history after winning the best documentary short subject at the 91st Academy Awards.
Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the 25-minute documentary shot entirely in Khatikhera, which about 80 km from New Delhi.
The documentary tackles the deeply rooted stigma around menstruation in rural India.
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Started with a small dream in the English department room of @melissa_berton with her school girls of @oakwoodstories for empowering and educating other young girls across the world for better menstruation hygiene. This started 7 years ago with raising money and donating one pad machine… then thought the team should make a movie for better awareness!! @actionindia76 from India helped on ground in putting a machine. @raykaz and @samdavisdp captured all of this so beautifully with @kakarmandakini producing for @sikhya ❤️ . . Today here we are ! All the way to Oscars and have put this story on the map ! One night before the Oscars, whatever may happen…. Team @periodendofsentence is already a winner ! . . more power for all the support and magic @stacey_sher @lisataback . . . This is dedicated to dreamers like each one of you here. Keep inspiring ❤️ @helenyenser @mcmaxam @clairesliney @charlottesilverman @ruby_schiff @aveeybaaby @sophdasch @maggiesophiebrown
The film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
Like Poonam, who is part of the Tanwar family. “We came to know of the win at 7 am when Suman bhabhi’s husband got the call. We have not stopped dancing since, aas paas 2-3 dukaanon ki mithai bhi humne khatam kara di hai (We have finished all the sweets from 3-4 shops),” reported Indian Express.
“We have called for more. We now realise the importance of the Oscar win. Bollywood, Hollywood, aur jitne bhi aise jagah hain, wahaan sab main jeete hain hamari film (Bollywood, Hollywood and others like it, we have won awards in all of them).”
Currently available on Netflix, ‘Period. End of Sentence.’ is the second Oscar-winning documentary short set in India, along with Smile Pinki (2008).
The 2019 Oscars is taking place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood.
With agency inputs