New Documentary Film Calls for Action Worldwide Against Gendercide University of Arizona and Shadowline Films Co-Host Screening Q&A with Director Evan Grae Davis
TUCSON, ARIZ. – September 13, 2012 – The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and Shadowline Films will co-host a special screening of It’s a Girl on September 21, 2012 at 6:00pm PST at Gallagher Theater. A powerful and thought-provoking documentary film, It’s a Girl brings attention to the gendercide happening every day in India, as well as China and other parts of Southeast Asia.
The United Nations estimates that there are as many as 200 million girls missing around the world today because of gendercide. This war against girls is told through the stories of the victims, families, global experts and grassroots activists. Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl asks why this is happening and why so little is being done to save girls and women.
It’s a Girl director and Tucson resident, Evan Grae Davis, will introduce the film and host a Q&A after the screening.
“We are excited to kick off the international screening tour from right here in Tucson, where so many have worked to make this film possible,” said Davis. “As we launch our action campaign to end gendercide, we want to start here in our own community and then see it spread globally. I believe that the stories of It’s a Girl will capture hearts around the world and will compel us all to rise up and fuel this movement to end gender-based violence and killings.”
The Tucson screening marks the official launch of the film’s international screening tour. In partnership with Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Women’s Rights in China, the Invisible Girl Project and other organizations working on behalf of women and girls worldwide, the tour’s ultimate goal is to raise awareness for gendercide worldwide and provide audiences with actionable steps to end it.
As part of the international screening tour, It’s a Girl is slated to screen later this fall at European Parliament in Brussels, British Parliament in London, and in Berne, Switzerland in affiliation with the UN Women National Committee Switzerland and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Anyone can help bring awareness to gendercide and obtain a license to show the film by visiting www.itsagirlmovie.com.
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About Shadowline Films
Shadowline Films is a team of filmmakers who share a common concern for the critical issues of our time; capturing the human story and presenting those who engage in its films the opportunity to become a part of telling how the story ends. It’s a Girl is Shadowline Films’ first feature-length documentary film exploring the issue of gendercide in India and China. It’s a Girl is set to release in September 2012. Learn more at www.itsagirlmovie.com.
About the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) at the University of Arizona stands at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research and teaching. Located 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and the export-processing zone across the border, and surrounded by Native American reservations, Tucson and the University provide a particularly appropriate site for the feminist study of transnational, cultural, economic, and social processes. GWS was founded in 1975 and gained full departmental status in 1997, currently offering B.A., M.A./J.D., and Ph.D. degree programs. GWS’s renowned faculty—composed of 13 core faculty members and over 60 affiliates from across the University—work in a wide range of areas, including critical race studies, sexuality and the body, feminist technoscience studies, gender and health, social movements, reproductive politics, feminist pedagogy, human rights and development, migration studies, and feminist/queer/post-structural theories. GWS’s member-based community organization, WOSAC, sponsors the celebrated Women’s Plaza of Honor.
Megan Ashley MacLeod