Period. End Of Sentence.
Director: Rayka Zehtabchi
Producers: Rayka Zehtabchi, Guneet Monga, Melissa Berton, Garrett Schiff, Lisa Taback, Daviana Angelo, Sophie Ascheim, Douglas Blush, Maggie Brown, Michaela Carter, Sam A. Davis, Barb Demere, Tyson Fitzmorris, Bob Gatto, Carly Gatto
Release Date: 5th April, 2018
Streaming Platform: Netflix
Cast: Arunachalam Muruganantham, Gouri Choudari, Sulekha Singh, Shabana Khan
This is a 2018 documentary short film directed by Rayka Zehtabchi about Indian women leading a quiet sexual revolution. The film stars Arunachalam Muruganantham, Shabana Khan, Gouri Choudari, Ajeya, and Anita.
The documentary short follows a group of local women in Hapur, India, as they learn how to operate a machine that makes low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads, which they sell to other women at affordable prices. This not only helps to improve feminine hygiene by providing access to basic products but also supports and empowers the women to shed the taboos in India surrounding menstruation – all while contributing to the economic future of their community.
The film is inspired from the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, India.
Period. End of Sentence. takes place in a rural village some 60 kilometers outside Delhi, India, a place called Kathikhera, located in the Hapur District. The women living here are fighting every single day against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation.
The film tells their story. Since the origin of these taboos, these Indian women had no access to sanitary pads or napkins. Then, what do they use?
Women commonly used discarded rags, which causes serious health problems including genital infections. The shame here has taken over the priority for health.
Girls just beginning to menstruate would miss school or drop out entirely from shame and disgrace, often having no prior clue that this natural biological process that happens with every single female out there.
In many cultures, women are not permitted at any time to enter holy places or handle sacred books for fear of contaminating them, turning into a herd of untouchables. It is actually quite ironic that in India, many of the temples which they could not enter were dedicated to female deities.