Oscars 2019: Indian Co-Production ‘Period. End Of Sentence’ Makes History, Wins Best Documentary Short

| February 25 , 2019 , 12:08 IST

The 2019 Academy Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles where the 26-minute Indian based Netflix documentary Period. End of Sentence received the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short).

Award-winning filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi has directed the short film, which has been produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment.

"I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything. I can't believe a film on menstruation won an Oscar," Zehtabchi said in her acceptance speech. She also gave a nod to Monga.

"Guneet Monga - know that you have been empowering women all over the world fight for menstrual equality," she added. Dedicating the award to her school, Berton said the project was born because her students in LA and people in India wanted to make a "human rights difference".

"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.

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The 25-minute documentary explores the shame attached to menstruation and dealing with menstrual hygiene effectively. A group of women is given a sanitary pad-making machine, invented by Arunachalam Murugantham, the entrepreneur played by Akshay Kumar in the 2018 movie Pad Man.

The film was competing with other films like Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. India’s moment at the Oscars comes exactly a decade after A R Rahman and sound engineer Resul Pookutty won the Academy awards for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.