Steamboat library to screen Oscar-winning short film, ‘Period. End of Sentence.’
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — “A period should end a sentence — not a girl’s education,” said Melissa Berton, a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary short “Period. End of Sentence.”
Berton and director Rayka Zehtabchi had just reached the end of their acceptance speech, and the audience filled with Hollywood stars stood to applaud a group of relatively unknown names who had created a film highlighting a real problem for women in the less developed places of the world.
Now, Steamboat Springs will be able to see the film when Bud Werner Memorial Library screens the film Tuesday, April 9, and hosts a community discussion on the subject.
“I love when the library has a chance to introduce new perspective to Steamboat, a new way of looking at an issue of a problem,” Jennie Lay, adults program coordinator, said. “Things that may seem mundane to us can be fundamental barriers to human rights in other parts of the world.”
The documentary focuses on a quiet revolution being led by women in a village near Delhi, India. For years, they have struggled against the stigma of menstruation, which has caused girls to drop out of school due to lack of pads.
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Now, a sanitary pad machine has been brought to the village thanks to high school girls in California through “The Pad Project,” a nonprofit who helped make this film and provide these type of machines all over the world. Girls can go to school, and women are able to make their own money by making and marketing their new brand of pads, named “FLY.”
Special guest Mary Walker, a Steamboat woman who has worked with girls in East Africa, will moderate the community discussion after the film. The library hopes people come and are active participants in the conversation that follows.
“I hope people feel enlightened about something they didn’t know much, or maybe anything, about,” Lay said, “and empowered to make their own kind of change in the world.”
“Period. End of Sentence.” screens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, with a conversation following from 7 to 7:30 p.m. in Library Hall, 1289 Lincoln Ave. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/event.
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