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Amayra Badoni

Student (Delhi University) | Posted on | Entertainment

Which India-based documentary has bagged Oscar this year?


B.A. (Journalism & Mass Communication) | Posted on

Although not on a great level, India finally made its mark in the 91st Academy Awards.

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Among Oscar winners, this year is a movie whose executive producer, Guneet Monga, is the co-producer of the Indian movies like Masaan and Lunchbox.

The name of the movie is Period. End of Sentence, a Netflix documentary movie, which won the Oscar this year for the Best Documentary Short Subject. The movie is directed by Iranian-American award-winning director, Rayka Zehtabchi.

It’s a major breakthrough, according to me, in the Academy Awards, as the movie was competing against the movies like Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night At The Garden.

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Period. End of Sentence is set in a village of Uttar Pradesh and discusses the long-prevailing issue of menstruation in rural India. Here we see the real “Pad Man” doing a great deal for the betterment of the health of menstruating women.

And the interesting part about the documentary movie is the way it came into conceptualization. It was created by the students of the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, along with their teacher Melissa Berton. The film is also associated with the Feminist Majority Foundation, and I’m just too glad that it has some connections with Indian entertainment industry too which is trying to make its contribution towards Human Rights.

Berton’s award acceptance speech said it all:

"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.”

The last line should resonate in every Indian’s heart, as it’s in India that girl education and health is taken for granted more than the western countries.