I AM A GIRL
MOVIEKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES
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Warning: This movie contains mature themes.
Year Release: 2013
Duration: 88 min
English Level: Intermediate Director: Rebecca Barry
Starring: Breani, Kimsey, Katie, Aziza, Manu, Habiba
Themes: Women’s Equality, Human Rights
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I am a Girl is an inspirational documentary that paints a clear picture of what it means to be a girl in today’s complex world. Although girls make up one quarter of the world’s population, they still face significant discrimination in comparison to other groups.
This documentary provides a compassionate look at six teenage girls from different countries. We meet 14- year-old Kimsey from Cambodia, forced into prostitution at 12; Aziza from Afghanistan, who will be shot if she goes to school; Breani, a teen living in a ghetto of New York City; Katie from Australia, who is recovering from a suicide attempt; Habiba from Cameroon, betrothed to a man 20 years her senior; and Manu from Papua New Guinea, about to become a mother at 14. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart warming stories of resilience, bravery and humor.
Open-minded – Willing to consider new ideas, unprejudiced.
Depression – Feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and sorrow.
Human Trafficking – The recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for improper purposes including forced labor or sexual exploitation.
Safe Sex – Sexual activity in which people take precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.
Social Networking – The practice of expanding the number of one’s business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals, often through social media sites.
Taliban – A fundamentalist group in Afghanistan condemned for its support of terrorist groups and its poor treatment of women.
- What did you like best about this documentary?
- Which of the girls’ stories affected you most? Why?
- What common challenges did all the girls share?
- Do you know girls who face similar challenges?
- What are the biggest challenges that girls face in your country? What can you and your community do to help?
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Updated April 2023