Proud moment for Indians as- Period. End of Sentence, an India-set film on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real ‘Pad Man’, picked up an Oscar.
The film, backed by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, delves into the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganathan. Set in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur, based on taboos around menstruation, has been directed by 25 yrs old Iranian American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi.
Monga took to Twitter after the victory.
She wrote on Twitter, “WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth… know that you are a goddess… if heavens are listening… look MA we put @sikhya on the map.”
WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth… know that you are a goddess… if heavens are listening… look MA we put @sikhya on the map ❤️
— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) February 25, 2019
“I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything. I can’t believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar”, said the award-winning director during her acceptance speech. She also gave a nod to Guneet Monga, who has previously backed Bollywood movies like The Lunchbox and Masaan.
“Guneet Monga – know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality”, she further said. Melissa dedicated the award win to her school and also mentioned that people in India wanted to make a human rights difference and so did her students in LA, and that’s how the project was conceived.
“I share this award with the Feminist Majority Foundation, the entire team and cast. I share this with the teachers and students around the worlds – a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education”, she said as per a PTI report.
The Movie Is Based On Taboos Around Menstruation
The docu-feature is set in a rural area just outside the Indian capital, where women fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and lead a quiet revolution.
The film is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganathan. It is executive produced by Monga and is co-produced by Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like The Lunchbox and Masaan.
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 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.
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