Friday, January 20, 2012

It's a Girl



From the It's a Girl website:

"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.

Currently in post-production, It's a Girl! is scheduled for a 2012 release.  Stay connected with the project through their email updates or by connecting with them on Facebook."

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A few years ago a documentary called, "No Impact Man" was released.  We decided to find a location to show the film, invite friends, watch, and then discuss.  We ended up with a really cool mix of people who attended, and I learned a lot from the movie and the conversations that followed.  When "It's a Girl!" is released, maybe some of us could host our own gatherings, invite friends, neighbors, watch, discuss, and see how we can be involved in some way?

7 comments:

Alanna said...

Heather, in my tiny piece of the world in our law office, we've come across several women who were married in countries such as India (arranged marriages of course), and then suffered much at the hands of their husbands. They are usually desperate, close to homeless if not homeless, and completely broke by the time they arrive on our doorstep. God bless the people who intervene on their behalf. Many are brought to America and essentially forced to live as indentured servants/slaves in their own households. They cannot take care of themselves even under the American rights they are given once they have citizenship because of their family members. They have no access to money, food, transportation, or the normal outside world. Often, their husbands gain their own citizenship, then hold the "soon to be expired" green card issue over the wife's head to force even more $$ out of the wife's father's family and cause the wife to suffer great fear, particularly if she is going to be deported and have to leave her "American born" children behind with her "husband."

I have been stunned sitting and listening to stories of what they do under the guise of "obedience" and how they are not even "permitted" to speak! Some have been excluded from eating while the rest of the husband's family eats and not allowed to even cook for themselves. Right here, in America, in my town of College Station. Used for their family's money / unloved slaves to families who do not take care of them. Oh, it breaks my heart.

If you do have these viewings on this movie, I'd like to be a part of that. Thanks.

Carrie said...

Thanks for alerting me to this. I just signed up as a screening partner. Am excited to be a part of it. (If one can be excited by such a tragedy???)

Carla said...

I love your new family photos! I guess it's been a while since I popped over for a read. Your family is beautiful, keep living for God's glory and proclaiming his kingdom. I've never been to Haiti but my husband is leaving in 2 days to spend a couple weeks there doing some cabinet making work at a hospital (my folks have spent their winters in Dessalines for several years now). I would love to go someday but I think I'd head over to Heartline for a visit! ;)I love what God does through that ministry! God writes great stories.

patty said...

great idea... great advise. just starting a group (of 6 local women) to address issues of self-esteem in girls... feeling it's the route to success... to decreasing teen pregnanccy, to empowerment, to happiness... would love to show this as part of education/awareness. thank-you for sharing!

mbs said...

I would love to do something like that up here in the Great White North as well. I just wouldn't know where to begin. Any creative ideas out there to invite, present and discuss? This would be a new foray for me.

Marla Taviano said...

That's so hard to watch as a mama of three girls. Would love to do a showing at our house. Thanks for telling us about it.

Karla Marsh (and family) said...

I don't know why it keeps surprising me but as Americans we are so sheltered from tragedy and tend to think so is everyone else. Thank you for opening my eyes to an issue I had so idea was so terrible. I knew that boys were preferred and I knew there were laws and regulations dictating the amount of children allowed per family but wow . . . I will be sharing this information and sharing the film. Thank you again for your bravery to share and your faith to trust the Lord and the walk you and your family walk each day!! As a mom of two beautiful precious girls, my heart is breaking for all of God's daughters . . .