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In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called "gendercide." Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. Shot on location in India and China, It's a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters' lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son... Written by Evan Grae Davis

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Incomplete with hidden political agenda
23 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

I applaud this film for shedding light on this important and troubling phenomenon, but am concerned that it makes no mention of situations in which an elective abortion would not be morally nefarious (like, when a mother chooses to abort a pregnancy for reasons that have nothing to do with the fetus's presumed gender). The film's persistent use of the term "feticide" pretty obviously puts forward an anti-abortion stance. The phenomenon of gendercide should be resolved by championing a woman's reproductive autonomy that is free of cultural coercion and institutional sexism. If the movie truly seeks to advocate for an unfettered right to be born for every fetus that is conceived, as is heavily implied, then it should own up to it and explore the difficult ramifications of taking on such a position on a global level.


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