Official Selection for Amnesty International’s 2012 REEL AWARENESS Film Festival New Documentary Film Calls for Action Worldwide Against Gendercide
TUCSON, ARIZ. – October 2, 2012 – It’s a Girl, a powerful and thought-provoking new documentary film, announces its official selection in Amnesty International’s 2012 REEL AWARENESS Film Festival. This announcement coincides with the launch of the It’s a Girl international screening tour that includes showcasing at the European Parliament in Brussels, British Parliament in London, and in Bern, Switzerland, in affiliation with the UN Women National Committee Switzerland and Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In addition, the film is slated to screen in a variety of cities across India, Australia, Canada, the United States and other countries around the world.
The REEL AWARENESS Film Festival, started by a group of Amnesty International volunteers in 2005, selects exceptional films that are focused on paramount human rights concerns. Each screening incorporates a call-to-action, and asks audiences to participate in letter writing, petition signing and post card actions on related Amnesty International campaigns.
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, It’s a Girl hosts its international screening tour with the ultimate goal of raising awareness for gendercide worldwide and providing audiences with actionable steps to end it.
“We are honored to be selected for the REEL AWARENESS film festival,” says Evan Grae Davis, director of It’s a Girl. “Amnesty International has a strong reputation as a champion for human rights globally and this festival is an ideal venue where we can work together to expose the injustice of gendercide. With the help of Amnesty and other leading organizations around the world, including UN committees and the European Parliament, we hope to educate and empower the global community to help end this war against girls.”
It’s a Girl exposes the gendercide happening every day in China, India and other parts of Southeast Asia. The United Nations estimates there are as many as 200 million females missing from the world today due to gendercide. This war against girls is revealed 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.
For a current list of international screenings, visit www.itsagirlmovie.com. Anyone can help bring awareness to gendercide and obtain a license to show the film by visiting the It’s a Girl website, where additional resources are also provided on how to get involved in the fight to save women and girls around the world.
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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’s international screening tour began in September 2012. Learn more at www.itsagirlmovie.com.
Megan Ashley MacLeod