Not Just Padman, There Is Another Film On Periods In Rural India And It Just WON An OSCAR!

    Not Just Padman, There Is Another Film On Periods In Rural India And It Just WON An OSCAR!

    Not Just Padman, There Is Another Film On Periods In Rural India And It Just WON An OSCAR!

    Padman released in early 2018 and it was considered a film that took a step ahead for Indian cinema. Loosely based on the life of Arunachalam Murugunatham, it showed a picture of how period impacts the life of especially rural women where it is still considered a taboo topic to talk about. With bad knowledge of menstrual hygiene, a simple and regular thing like period turns to a nightmare for most rural girls and women.

    But guess what? It is not the only film talking about menstruation. There has been a short documentary film made on the rural Indian women and the problem they face with menstruation. Named Period: The End Of Sentance, the film talks about how periods should only be used at the end of the sentences, not to end the scope in the lives of women.

    The film deals with the lives of women in a part of rural UP, Hapur, , just a few kilometres away from the Capital city Delhi compromising on their lives because of menstruation. But when a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village, the women get not just a means of livelihood but also get sanitary napkins that help everyone realise their dreams.

    In the documentary, the money raised to install the sanitary pad machine was collected by high school girls in California. They also began a non-profit called "The Pad Project."

    The film has been directed by Rayka Zehtabchi and guess what, it just won an Oscar for the Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards.

    You can see the film on Netflix.



    Updated: February 25, 2019 02:19 PM IST