Academy Award Winning Producer, Period. End of Sentence.
An Academy Award winning producer for Best Documentary Short (2019), Melissa Berton is a Los Angeles-based teacher and writer. For the past decade she has taught English at Oakwood Secondary School, where she inspired her students to make the film Period. End of Sentence. to raise awareness about the importance of menstrual health and education worldwide. When Period. End of Sentence won an Oscar, Berton told the audience: "A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education." Continuing in that revolutionary spirit and building on the momentum of the acclaimed documentary, her new book Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Struggle for Menstrual Justice outlines the challenges facing those who menstruate worldwide and the solutions championed by a new generation of body positive activists, innovators and public figures. Read More >
Period. End of Sentence Trailer
A Period Should End a Sentence, Not a Girl’s Education
The View Interview
Oscar Press Room
"John Cabot University seeks to inspire students to build awareness of pressing humanitarian issues, confidence to make bold statements, and skills to make a positive social impact. When Academy Award-winning documentary film producer Melissa Berton spoke to our students, those goals were achieved. Over a dynamic hour and a half, the students were educated about the real-world process of connecting passion for a social issue with the power of visual storytelling, and about the perseverance and enthusiasm involved with bringing a finished film into the world. Melissa Berton is a powerhouse--a luminous combination of experience, warmth, tenacity and approachability. Our conversation with her will stand out as one of the most important moments of the semester."
"At Warren Wilson College, internationalism and social justice are part of our mission. Having Oscar-winning producer Melissa Berton bring and speak about Period. End of Sentence. to our students and our community drew one of our largest audiences ever and connected us all to a shining example of global feminism. Berton is an exuberant storyteller. And because her film is a documentary short, hearing the story behind the story is compelling and exhilarating."
"Melissa’s keynote focused on the themes of 'Leading towards Equity' was thought provoking, motivating and set the tone for the day. Her story and work exemplifies the critical need to achieve equity and it resonated well with many who are working in social impact. Melissa’s keynote was uplifting and encouraged all of us to be a catalyst for lasting change. The audience loved the energy and felt inspired!"
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