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