The documentary feature, is set in Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. For generations, these women did not have access to sanitary pads, which lead to health issues and girls dropping out from schools. When a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village, the women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, empowering their community.
The documentary was made by an Iranian American director
Rayka Zehtabch. This is her first feature film and it’s quite impressive.
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I studied film making during my college and schools years. It taught me the importance of cinematography, how each angle mattered and gave you a psychological experience.
For example, if the camera angle is high, making the subject look small, it shows submissiveness. This documentary was shot as if you were standing with the women, it gives you a participative feeling.
What I loved about this film, was it instilled hope it. I see myself, working for social causes in the rural sector in India. In spite of all the taboo surrounding menstruation. Films such as Padman were released. And it’s a huge deal. It’s a step forward.
You can donate here if you like : https://www.thepadproject.org/