On Sunday 8th June, HCCV, in conjunction with ISKCON, presented the screening & community forum of documentary film "It's a Girl".

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We had hoped that more interested people would have attended the session, but obviously there is much more work to do in making the Hindu community not only aware of the problems that exist within its society, but also encouraging them to come forward, get involved and get vocal about these kinds of issues.

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The Audience viewing "It's a Girl".

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The panel giving their insight.

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.

“Misogyny, poverty and antiquated cultural practices combine to make gendercide a complex issue to tackle. Yet It’s a Girl is an assured piece of filmmaking that resoundingly succeeds in its aim to inform. A tour de force and a useful campaigning tool.” - New Internationalist

The filmmakers behind the documentary ‘It's a Girl!,’ which raises the unsettling issue of gendercide in India, Southeast Asia and China via startling statistics and emotional personal accounts, are joining online activist platform Causes.com to leverage social media to raise awareness and instigate social change.” - Indiewire: Thompson On Hollywood

In a new documentary, It's A Girl, filmmakers expose the horrific truth behind gendercide, an ancient practice that still exists today in societies where pressure to have a son in order to continue the family name is more important than a girl's life.”  - Emirates Woman

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Run Time: 63 minutes

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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.

 

Director’s Statement: - Evan Grae Davis

A decade and a half of capturing stories of poverty and human tragedy had left me almost numb. Repeated exposure to overwhelming need around the world has that effect.However, my first trip to India to research and film stories of gendercide exposed me to a whole new kind of suffering. Nothing I had seen in my travels even remotely compared to the scale of routine injustice seen in the practice of gendercide. The war against girls is particularly heartbreaking to me because it is so often waged within family and community where a girl should find the greatest level of protection and provision.

 

But centuries-old traditions, sustained by deeply ingrained cultural mores that say women are worth less than men, have robbed millions of women of the safety and security they should find at home and in their community. The thought of my own wife and daughter suffering in such a hostile environment is unthinkable!

 

The completion of It’s a Girl has left me with more questions than answers:

  1. How can husbands and mothers perpetrate such violence against their own daughters and wives?
  2. How can the government of China, responsible for protecting its citizens, justify the coercive and destructive One Child Policy?
  3. How can doctors in India, trained to save life, participate in the taking of life on such a massive scale?
  4. How can the elected officials and judges in India stand by and refuse to enforce the laws that are in place to protect girls from such widespread abuse and neglect?
  5. And, one of my greatest puzzles: how can the world community stand by and allow gendercide to continue? As members of that world community, we are obligated to act; to know is not enough.

That is what we believe at Shadowline Films, and that is why we do what we do. As we release It’s a Girl, I ask myself whether or not the world will respond to our call and rise up in defense of the innocent. My deep hope and desire is that the stories of It’s a Girl will capture the hearts of audiences globally and compel us all to rise up and fuel a movement to end gender-based violence and killings, as well as resoundingly affirm the worth and dignity of girls and women in India, China and the rest of the world.

The film director asks everyone please ask yourself what can you do about the problem: "What am I trying to do about it?"

At this point I may add that through my old Medical School in Delhi Maula Azad Medical College I AM TRYING TO ESTABLISH a department at this prestigious college to enhance education and toxic effects on society by the use of medical technology by Indian doctors and then conduct female feticide. Here is a positive role the Indian doctors can play in turning this problem around.

Highlighting:

Female Infanticide – In southern India, village women openly share the methods they use to kill their newborn daughters.

Dowry Death - Maya and Raju’s daughter Latika was strangled by her husband in what is known as a “dowry death.”

Female Feticide / Sex Selective Abortion - When Dr. Mitu Khurana became pregnant, her in-laws bribed a doctor to perform an illegal ultrasound, which revealed she was carrying twin girls.

Illegally Pregnant – A Chinese couple is illegally pregnant with their second child. They already have a girl, and are hoping for a boy.

Forced Abortion and Forced Sterilization - Li and her family live in rural China where they are permitted two children under China’s restrictive family planning policies. After giving birth to

two girls, they decided to get pregnant again in the hopes of having a son.

Child Trafficking – Three year old Liu Ying was playing in front of her home one afternoon when she was kidnapped.

Abandonment - An elderly woman found an abandoned baby girl in a box alongside a river in southwestern China and brought her home to care for her.

 

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