One of the most celebrated Hollywood award ceremonies, The Academy Awards, has ended with a bang. Right from a super-hit red carpet to the prestigious award distributions, we witnessed it all. However, one of the most iconic moments of Oscars 2019 was when an India-based documentary – Period. End of Sentence - bagged the Best Documentary Short. The documentary that revolves around the taboo around menstruation, has been co-produced by Monga and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker, Rayka Zehtabchi. The Indian producer has released a statement on her victory at the Oscars.
Guneet said, “Thank you to the Academy for the highest honour and for recognising the efforts of the young girls from Oakwood School in LA to Kathikera in UP in helping us shatter the glass ceiling. Periods are normal and in no way do they stops us from achieving anything. This has been more than 10 years of work of Action India run by Gauri Chaudhary on educating reproductive rights on the ground in many villages. Feminist Majority Movement and Girls learn International have been pushing this cause in US.”
She further added, “Every girl in India or anywhere around the world needs to know this and hear this loud and clear. Period is an end of a sentence but not a girl’s education. I am honoured and absolutely humbled to partner with Melissa and Rayka in making our short documentary happen. Mandakini Kakar from Sikhya was on the floor working with the film and is the voice of the film too. And thank you Stacey Sher and Lisa Taback for supporting this massive dream. And thank you NETFLIX truly putting us on the MAP!”
In the end, she cheered for girl power and said, “Here is to more girl power... I really want every girl to know that each one of them is a goddess. Now, that we have an Oscar, Let’s go change the world.”