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Period. End of Sentence.

  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art 51 Trumbull Street New Haven, CT, 06510 (map)

Special Screening of this Oscar-winning film

Please join us for a screening of Period. End of Sentence. and presentation by executive producer Sophie Ascheim.

Sophie is a Yale University First Year and co-founder of The Pad Project, a nonprofit that raises money for machines that help make pads. The machines are then donated to women in impoverished areas since many women in global, rural communities stop going to school when they first get their period.

Period. End of Sentence.
From the award-winning director Rayka Zehtabchi and a hardworking group of students, parents, and teachers from a small high school in Los Angeles, California comes Period. End of Sentence. a film that follows girls and women in Hapur, India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village. One young woman, SNEHA, tells her dreams of becoming a police officer. Another girl discusses the taboo of menstruation, the importance of education, and how she had to drop out of school when she got her period.

Soon, all of the women they meet are determined to work on the pad machine (which will earn them more money than their prior work in the fields), and to create a micro-economy to support themselves for the very first time. As the inventor of the machine, Murugananthem says: "The strongest creature on earth is not the elephant, not the tiger, but the girl."