"I can't believe a film on menstruation just won an Oscar!" - said 25-year-old director, Rayka Zehtabchi. Honestly, neither can we. But, Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' has created history (both for the world and India) by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards aka Oscars 2019.
The documentary, which deals with the stigma around menstruation in rural India, revolves around a group of women who didn't have access to pads that further lead to health problems. But, when a sanitary pad machine is installed in their village, they start learning how to manufacture and market their own pads, in order to become financially independent and also improve their hygiene.
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India swelled with pride when the short documentary was announced as the winner. In fact, from Guneet Monga, Priyanka Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Akshay Kumar to Joey King, Twitter is flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes for the team and the movie.
One of the most special moments of the evening...a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019
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 â¤ï¸— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019
Congrats MrMuruganandam,cast&crew of 'Period,End of sentence'.Women's issue which was considered awkward in our country for long is now taken to the level of Oscars' recognition to reach the entire population of the world.Proud of you, the makers of the film.#Periodendofsentence— R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) February 25, 2019 February 25, 2019
Congratulations @guneetm for Winning an Oscar for the short film PERIOD ! My producer and India's pride .— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 25, 2019
“I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything! I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!”— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 25, 2019
“A period should end a sentence not a girls education” â¤ï¸ #oscars— Joey King (@JoeyKing) February 25, 2019
“I'm not crying because I'm on my period...” is the new standard by which all opening sentences of acceptance speeches should be judged.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) February 25, 2019
The family of Sneha, one of the women who appeared in the documentary, have been celebrating ever since the it won the award.
Hapur: Family of Sneha, one of the women appearing in 'Period. End of Sentence.' which won #Oscars for Best Documentary Short Subject celebrate in Kathikhera village. It's based on a group of women, including her, which led a revolution here against taboo surrounding menstruation pic.twitter.com/88Aaujjksy— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 25, 2019
'Period. End of Sentence' also features the real 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganantham and his unit in UP's Hapur, where the documentary is based.