A documentary about periods won a 2019 Oscar—and the filmmakers made the best acceptance speech

A documentary about menstruation just won an Oscar. Period. End of Sentence took home the win for Best Documentary – Short at the 91st annual Academy Awards on February 24th, and director Rayka Zehtabchi and producer Melissa Berton deserve a separate Oscar for their acceptance speeches alone. “I’m not crying because I’m on my period or anything,” an emotional Zehtabchi told the crowd. “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar.”

Berton then chimed in with an inspiring tidbit, saying, “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”

Watch their inspiring speeches in full below.

Period. End of Sentence, a Netflix original, explores the stigma surrounding menstruation in a rural village outside of Delhi, India. The documentary follows a group of Indian women who learn to manufacture sanitary pads to fight the stigma.


The 2019 Oscars aired on February 24th on ABC. Period. End of Sentence is available to stream on Netflix.

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