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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
With help and encouragement, poor women can empower themselves. Many people are completely ignorant about the reason for menstruation, and out of that ignorance they contribute to limiting women's freedoms.
Positive Role Models
Women bravely hide what they're doing from the men around them who may not support their goals. The women learn to manufacture sanitary pads. They thereby gain confidence in their abilities and feel good about providing a useful product to other women.
Violence & Scariness
Women aren't permitted to pray or enter the temple when they have their periods.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The short is about menstruation.
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The words "period," "menstruation," and "ass" are used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Period. End of Sentence is about fighting outmoded attitudes toward menstruation in rural India. Millions of women worldwide are prevented from carrying on normal lives during their periods because of the combination of social taboos and lack of convenient, discreet, and affordable pads. With nothing but inadequate cloths to wear, girls and women are relegated to outsider status once a month. Some drop out of school, making education, earning power, and independence difficult to achieve. The film, which won the 2018 Best Documentary Short Film Academy Award, follows the arrival of a simple machine that allows village women to manufacture their own inexpensive sanitary pads and sell them, thereby empowering them to enrich their own lives, and freeing them and others from the imprisonment of biology and social disdain. The "End of Sentence" refers to liberation from the jail of cultural prejudices. The words "period," "menstruation," and "ass" are used. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a beautiful film for so many reasons, most obviously that it shines a light on outdated views of menstruation and how those views hold women back. But the example Period. End of Sentence sets is in its genesis. The project came out of community support for women, funded in part by The Pad Project, devoted to upending social and economic structures that devalue girls. It was also funded through bake sales and a Kickstarter campaign created by high school students at Los Angeles' Oakwood School, and their teacher Melissa Berton, demonstrating that empowerment inspires empowerment. High school students learned they could make a difference. And women and girls in India are making a difference as they spread their empowerment through the sale of a product that can help all women.
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