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Two Oscar-nominated documentaries — one hopeful, one cautionary

An image from the Oscar-nominated short documentary,
An image from the Oscar-nominated short documentary, "Period. End of Sentence."

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On today's show:

Girl power, from North Hollywood to India

(Starts at 7:45)

For many girls growing up in India without access to sanitary products, getting their period is the end of their education. English teacher Melissa Berton and her students at North Hollywood's Oakwood Middle School learned about their peers across the world. They also became aware of an inventor with a low-cost sanitary pad machine. So they launched The Pad Project to raise money to get a machine up-and-running in India — and to document the process. The result is an Oscar-nominated documentary short called "Period. End of Sentence." (Now available on Netflix.) The Frame's John Horn visited Berton and her student producers at their school in North Hollywood and spoke with them about taking their idea from the classroom to the big screen.

A cautionary tale from 80 years ago

(Starts at :45)

Marshall Curry’s short documentary, "A Night at the Garden," uses archival footage to show a 1939 Nazi Party rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Though the film is only seven minutes long, Curry hopes that’s enough to make audiences draw connections between the incendiary and provocative language of leaders then and now. "A Night at the Garden" is nominated for the Academy Award in Documentary Short Subject.

Judithe Hernández's big picture

(Starts at 18:45)

In the coming months, as you drive past downtown L.A.’s historic district on the Hollywood Freeway, you’ll soon see a seven-story mural going up off Spring Street. It will be called “La Nueva Reina de Los Angeles.” The artist is Judithe Hernández — a highly decorated veteran of the Chicano arts movement from the 1970s and '80s. But these days, it’s her current work that keeps the 71-year-old artist in constant demand. That includes a critically acclaimed solo exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera has a profile of the artist.