Indians! It is time to rejoice as Indian origin short documentary film Period. End Of Sentence just bagged an OSCAR at the 91st Academy Awards. The documentary helmed by Rayka Zehtabchi takes a fresh and in-depth take on rural mensuration taboos in India and how the wrath of never-ending patriarchy and toxic masculinity is making things worse for rural women in India.
The film has been extensively shot in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. The film has been bankrolled by Guneet Monga, who previously made films like ‘Masaan’, ‘The Lunchbox’ etc. The documentary beat End Game, Lifeboat and A Night At The Garden to fetch the honour. Guneet Mongs took to Twitter to express her happiness, she wrote: “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.”
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 ❤️
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth... know that you are a goddess... if heavens are listening... look MA we put <a href="https://twitter.com/sikhya?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sikhya</a> on the map ❤️</p>&mdash; Guneet Monga (@guneetm) <a href="https://twitter.com/guneetm/status/1099864415078363137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2019</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The best thing about this documentary is that the makers have tried making it as raw as they can, which is why the film connects to the audience on a personal level. The real-life Padman aka Arunachalam Muruganantham also made a small cameo in this path-breaking piece of work. Rayka's documentary is special as it takes us into a world where women are living under a heavy load of SHAME because they menstruate. It tells us how lack of knowledge has led to the caging of womanhood.
At last, it also showed that the women are definitely trying to break the patriarchy chain to set free and fly high but they know that it will take time. For time being, let’s celebrate this triumph!
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