Period. End of Sentence, a film on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real Pad Man, has bagged the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. The film is about women fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real life 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganantham.
It is directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi. The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. Says Arunachalam Muruganantham, 'Films and documentaries like this help spread awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene. When the filmmakers got in touch with me, they had done their homework well. They asked my consent and I was happy to oblige. They did some field work in a village called Hapur in north India and captured the girls’ experience with the pad machine that I had provided to them.'