A 26-minute documentary about periods won an Oscar on Sunday. That’s pretty cool.
According to this brief profile from Glamour, Period. End of Sentence. is a short film which tackles the stigma around menstruation in rural India. It’s currently streaming on Netflix and it just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2019 Oscars.
Rayka Zehtabchi, the 25-year-old Iranian-American director of the doc, talked with Glamour about how making this film changed her life, and what she hopes other people get out of watching it:
“Empowering women worldwide really starts with beginning, with opening up the conversation around menstruation. We can implement feminine hygiene, but first we have to break the taboo. I also want people to realize this isn’t just a film for women, it’s for men too. They’re 50 percent of the population, and men need to be having these conversations and championing the film just as much as women are.”
Speaking of breaking taboos, Zehtabchi is one of very few female directors nominated by the Academy – a point of frequent discussion when the Oscars roll around – but we love her take on the question of how it feels to be in this rare field:
“Why does it have to be so amazing? Why does this have to be shocking that I’m a female director and that I’ve made a film about a women’s issue, in a country we don’t think much about, and that the film is getting attention?”
That’s the voice of a woman we can all get behind on this Women in Business Wednesday! Take 26 minutes this week and check out Period. End of Sentence. Then leave a comment below to let us know what you think!