If you have a Netflix subscription, stop reading this blog and watch this Oscar winner, the best documentary short of the year – Period. End of Sentence (2018).
It is about female menstruation and the taboo associated with it, even among girls it is a subject that’s often shunned at. Set in Hapur village outside Delhi, the 26-minute film was about making people talk about it – both the men and the women, the young and the old, talk about “Periods”.
It is amusing and shameful at the same time, to see people embarrassed to acknowledge that they know what’s menstruation – basic human physiology – and the film by making them talk, aims to make them overcome their hesitation and eventually open their minds. Talking about the subject leads the women in the area to work with the legendary Padman Mr Arunachalam Muruganantham, to set up a manufacturing unit to make low-cost sanitary pads giving employment to local women in the town and providing them with hygienic napkins.
The film directed by Rayka Zehtabchi doesn’t have any intriguing plot or a story as such, still, it kept us engaged as it was firmly grounded on the issue at hand.
Available on Netflix India.