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It's a Girl! (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 September 2012 (USA)
Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls.


Evan Grae Davis

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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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A Very Hard Film to Watch, but SO Important!
14 February 2014 | by HCTerraSee all my reviews

I just want to say first that the other review that criticizes the film and says its "nothing new", that right there is a big part of the problem. Treating these things like run of the mill world issues is why we aren't doing more to help the situation. We prefer boys to girls in most of the world. There is gendercide going on right here in America, we just don't have to be so hands-on about it. If people can't learn to care about what is going on in other countries with sex selection and other gender related issues, how are we to get rid of gender preference here? Anyways, the film was very powerful. I appreciated the brutal honesty from people who had killed their infant daughters, or aborted their child because she was a girl. We have a tendency to think that the bad things happening around the world and in your own country are being committed by bad people living in the shadows. In reality, it is just average people who you would see as no more dangerous than the next person. We need to understand that the problem lies in the culture and society norms, not the individual person. That is a lot of what is shown here. What is actually happening, who is doing it and why, and what the results of their actions are over time.

It is a good film, but very difficult to watch, especially if gender issues hit close to home with you. Watch it anyways, it is too important to ignore because reality makes you uncomfortable.

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