India's Oscar hope still alive as Period. End Of A Sentence gets shortlisted

Updated: Dec 21, 2018, 17:42 IST | Mohar Basu

As 'Period. End Of A Sentence' earns place in the Academy shortlist, producer Guneet Monga recounts how documentary was made

India's Oscar hope still alive as Period. End Of A Sentence gets shortlisted
Guneet Monga

Guneet Monga's documentary, Period. End Of A Sentence, is one of the 10 features to be shortlisted in the Documentary Short Subject for the Academy Awards 2019. Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students in Los Angeles. Monga says that the documentary is a commentary on how the lives of girls in Hapur undergo a change after a pad-vending machine has been set up in the town.

Period. End Of A Sentence
Period. End Of A Sentence

"When they found out that girls in India drop out of school after menstruation, they decided to invest in a pad-vending machine. They did yogathons, bake sales and raised 2000 USD to buy the pad vending machine. To ensure that more money comes in, they decided to make a film about it, thus spreading awareness among people. I came on board to help them navigate their way in India."

The final nominations will be announced on January 22.

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