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"Period. End of Sentence", an Indian film set on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganathan, has made it to the Oscar nomination, announced on Tuesday.
Award-winning filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi directed the short film and it is executive produced by Guneet Monga and Monga's Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like The Lunchbox and Masaan.
Ecstatic about making the cut, Monga said to media: "We made it... It is beyond everything we thought."
The producer shared the news on her Twitter with the caption: "We all made it happen! @RAYning @melissaberton @lisataback @StaceySher @Garrettschiff @douglasblush @mesopystic @samdavisdp and all the young girls who saw this dream from Oakwood school !! This is so EPIC,"
We all made it happen! @RAYning @melissaberton @lisataback @StaceySher @Garrettschiff @douglasblush @mesopystic @samdavisdp and all the young girls who saw this dream from Oakwood school !! This is so EPIC !! https://t.co/haFDm5qcEm— Guneet Monga (@guneetm) January 22, 2019
The film came to be as a part of The Pad Project, started by students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
The documentary feature was set in Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.
For generations, these women did not have access to sanitary pads, which lead to health issues and girls dropping out of schools.
When a sanitary pad vending machine was installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering their community. They name their brand "FLY".
The film is among the five nominees in the Documentary Short Subject category. Other nominees include Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night At The Garden.