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Evan Grae Davis: Will My Film ‘It’s A Girl’ Launch a Global Movement to End Female Gendercide?

September 30, 2012

Nothing I had seen in my travels around the world as a documentary film maker even remotely compared to the scale of routine injustice in the practice of  female gendercide.

We met courageous activists in India  willing to share their first-hand experience with gendercide, yet frustrated with the lack of support and awareness. We spoke with doctors and government officials unwilling to speak on camera. We captured tragic stories of families trapped between their desire to have daughters and the policies and cultural morays that stood in their way. One family inspired us with their courage as they endured ridicule for educating their four daughters who would otherwise be destined to marry into poverty and be subject to dowry violence.

That trip to India subsequently sharpened the focus of my company, Shadowline Films on female gendercide exclusively as one of the most serious abuses of human rights of our time.

As the Shadowline team debriefed, it was a unanimous decision– our first documentary film must be dedicated to exposing the truth about gendercide.

As we prepared to release our film ‘It’s a Girl’, I asked myself whether or not the world will respond to our call and rise up in defense of the innocent. Our heart-felt hope and desire is that the stories of ‘It’s a Girl’ will capture hearts around the world and will compel us all to rise up and launch a movement to end gender-based violence and killings and restore worth and dignity to the girls and women of India, China and of the world.

Evan Grae Davis is a documentary film maker and founder of the Shadow Lines Films Company.  He is the director of ‘It’s a Girl!’  the recently released, powerful documentary film on the female gendercide in India and China.  His website and personal blog are at www.evangraedavis.com/ He tweets at @EvanGrae

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  1. September 30, 2012 8:34 pm

    Reblogged this on THE WRITER BY DAY and commented:
    An important documentary film, “Its a Girl” was released on September 14, 2012. This blog by The 50 Million Missing Campaign is a must-follow.

  2. October 1, 2012 6:36 am

    it’s hard sometimes to click the like button for there is nothing to like about a tragedy of this proportion….
    I wish you great success in your part in waking up the world on this very important woman issue…
    see issue is’t a good word, it is so much more than “just an issue”
    *sigh* think I’ll close with …
    Take Care…
    Your Voice Matters
    )0(
    ladyblue

  3. emery permalink
    October 1, 2012 10:36 pm

    ive been looking for it ever since i first found out about it. so i just want to know how i can see it.

    • October 2, 2012 1:00 pm

      Emery — There is a page that shows all the scheduled screenings for different countries and towns on ‘It’s a Girl’s’ website. And they will be adding more screenings. So check this page, and if you don’t find one that’s convenient for you to get to, then check back after a few days to check the ones that have been added. Alternatively, you can also help organize a screening at your school, college, university, or organization. To do that go to this page.

  4. October 2, 2012 1:02 am

    You can not separate the oppression of the poor from the oppression of women. You can not not separate corruption from male society.
    It all hangs together.
    Only a female-dominated society have the opportunity to work in the modern world.

  5. October 5, 2012 12:16 pm

    Reblogged this on REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE and commented:
    India’s female gendercide has become my life’s agenda ever since I started The 50 Million Missing Campaign in 2006 to raise global awareness about this horrendous human rights disaster in India, and to lobby political and social momentum for official accountability and action, of the kind that all genocides warrant. During this time I’ve been interviewed by many, and one of the things I find most disheartening is how often the media, even women in the media, end up dehumanizing this dehumanized event! I’m often asked by journalists about “the shortage of women in India.” SHORTAGE? I want to yell. You talk about food shortage, water shortage, resource shortage. But women ‘shortage?’ What are they thinking? Obviously they are thinking of women as reproductive and sexual RESOURCES for men!!! If their vision of this mass slaughter of women in India is so dehumanized is it little wonder that the world looks at this not as a human rights issue but a mathematical problem. They say the ‘ratio’ of women is dropping. Have you ever heard of the annihilation of any other group in ratios and measures like this? And so when the team of the “It’s a Girl!” film came to interview me, I watched them closely, cagily, like I always do. My defenses are always up. But it was different from the start. They were coming from the U.S. to India, and we had an appointment for a certain day at 10 a.m. I’ve had reporters from the city sometimes call me 10 times to find their way through the lanes, and they end up an hour or so late trying to find their way. So I assumed it would be the same with the It’s a Girl movie team. But no, as I leaned over my balcony, to my complete amazement a cab pulled in at five to 10 a.m. precisely!! That was not all. The other pet peeve I’ve had with the reports on India’s gendercide in the media are that the journalist it often seems to me already has their ‘story’ in the head. They just need me to fill in the numbers and statistics and just repeat some of the things they need me to say to seal it all in. I can, like I always do, give them all the reference, papers, numbers, and chapters from my book Sex and Power, asking them to read that stuff before we meet, so we can discuss the real issues. But it never happens that way! So again I was amazed that the producer of the ‘It’s a Girl’ team had a copy of my book in his hand, which they obviously had read through, and marked passages they wanted to discuss. I realized they are here to understand. They have the figures and numbers but they need to talk to really get to the heart of this issue. And that’s what we did. We talked and talked and talked for almost 10 hours. After they returned, they continued to email me with questions, feedback etc. The one thing that put my mind at ease was that finally someone was taking this to heart. This was not a cut and paste “story” for them. Looking at their hour long documentary, I can only guess the number of months they put into it talking and meeting with all those other people besides me in this documentary. For them this was not just another media story, a relevant report, but an ideological quest, that fitted into their version of a global humanity and human rights. Amnesty International has officially nominated this film for their 2012 Reel Film Festival on films that deal with critical human rights issues. I’m so glad that finally — India’s female genocide is not a mathematical or a resource problem, but is now officially a human rights issue. I feel much gratitude to Evan Grae Davis, the director, and the producer Andrew and the rest of the team for giving me, my campaign, and the women of India and China a voice in the world to protest the wrong done to us, and most of all to remind the world that we are HUMAN!

  6. November 4, 2012 9:45 pm

    halte a se massacre

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes permalink
    November 23, 2013 12:04 pm

    I am so so wishing it made a difference. This post is old and I’ve stumbled upon it. God, wishing for change of today.

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