Creating history at the 91st Academy Awards, India-based documentary, Period. End of Sentence, has won the Best Documentary Short Subject while competing with Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat and A Night at the Garden. Revolving around the story of Indian women fighting the stigma surrounding menstruation and hence, beginning to manufacture sanitary pads, the movie had Guneet Monga as one of the producers. Guneet was also the producer of Masaan and Lunchbox. Also Read - Tahira Kashyap Directs Neena Gupta in 'Pinni', Short Film Part of Guneet Monga's 'Zindagi inShort'
The 26-minute film, directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. Speaking to News18 before the gala event today, Guneet had said, “Landing an Oscar nomination isn’t easy. It’s not just about making a good film. The nominations are an organic process, but the shortlisting depends on a number of factors, like how many awards has your film won in the past year, why it should be in the top 10. Once it’s in the top 10, then the documentary department at the Academy votes to select the top 5. Making your film visible in the festival circuit puts it on the map. The more press you generate and awards you win, the better it is for the film.” Also Read - Oscar Fame Guneet Monga Announces New Film on Birthday, Casts Dangal Star Sanya Malhotra in Pagglait
The documentary was bankrolled by Melissa Berton. Melissa was a teacher at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles who came up with The Pad Project, an organisation established by her and her inspired group of students.