A surprising win at the Oscars for Netflix documentary on menstruation

(L-R) Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi, winners of Best Documentary Short Subject for "Period. End of Sentence.," pose in the press room during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Period. End of Sentence, a documentary about menstruation, took home the Best Documentary Short at the Oscars, and director Rayka Zehtabchi and producer Melissa Berton had the best acceptance speech.

"I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything," Rayka said. "I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar."

The Netflix original film follows a group of women in a rural village outside of Delhi, India who learned to manufacture sanitary pads. It also gives a closer look at their struggle to combat the stigma surrounding menstruation.

Melissa stressed, "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education."

Well said. Congrats Rayka and Melissa!

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