The Three Deadliest Words in the World…….
Last week, The American Church in Paris was honored to host the French premier screening of the documentary “It’s a Girl”, from Shadowline Films. This powerfully disturbed film was produced by Evan Davis and directed by Andrew Brown, whom we had the privilege of welcoming at our church. This film has now been screened in over 200 locations, including recently on Capital Hill to members of Congress.
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(1) 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. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.
Here is the official movie trailer:
My heart was stirred to take action. As a community we are praying about what we can do. The vision of the producers is to raise awareness of these injustices and human rights violations and then partner with organizations and associations already working to right these wrongs. They also realize that, as in most cases throughout history, changes in governmental policies predicate shifts in societal thinking and mindsets. This was the case for the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, women’s rights in the 70’s and now gay rights in the U.S.
Clearly the issue of “gendercide” is very serious and needs global attention and international pressure. On the official website they are ways in which individuals and communities get actively get involved to stand up against this issue. I also encourage you to host a screening if possible as way. The full release of this movie begins in the fall and it will be translator into various languages as well.