Upcoming Films Focusing on Girls and Women

By: Harshi Hettige

Look out for important and informative films about girls and in the upcoming months. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour broadcast event airing on PBS in October, focusing on the links between sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, maternal mortality, and most importantly, how women are fighting for change. Girl Rising, coming in Spring 2013, spotlights ten adolescent girls’ powerful stories from ten developing countries, written by ten talented writers and narrated by ten actresses. It’s a Girl is screening globally starting in Spring 2013, delving into the “gendercide” that has led to 200 million girls “missing” in the world today. See below to watch the trailers and find out more.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky movement, inspired by the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is presenting a four-hour broadcast event of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide on PBS on October 1 and 2 at 9 p.m/8 p.m. CT. Combined with new media and global outreach partnerships, this movement is calling for action.

The documentary follows the authors and several celebrity activists across ten countries to uncover the stories of courageous women dealing with oppression. Every 90 seconds, a woman’s life is claimed by sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, or maternal mortality. The film sheds light on this issue, and informs viewers how they can make a difference.

Watch the trailer here.


Click here to find a free advance screening near you.

Girl Rising

Girl Rising takes ten world-class writers to ten countries – Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Uganda – to explore the lives of ten extraordinary girls. Each has a unique and universal story to tell, continuously striving despite seemingly impossible challenges such as sexual violence, extreme poverty, lack of education, or the pressure of early marriage.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and narrated by ten renowned actresses, the film is a powerful testament to the courage of girls. The feature film premieres in Spring 2013. Find out more about 10X10’s upcoming projects and events to celebrate the first-ever International Day of the Girl here.

It’s a Girl

It’s a Girl puts a spotlight on the 200 million girls that the UN estimates are missing today due to “gendercide.” Gendercide refers to the purpose killing of a specific sex – in this case, girls. Filmed in India and China, the documentary reveals victimized and neglected girls, mothers who fight to save their daughters, other mothers who would kill for a son, and experts and activists who contextualize the elimination of girls. Woven together, their stories raise questions and seek a call for action.

Watch the trailer here:


It’s a Girl is now available for screening events globally. Learn more about bringing It's a Girl to your city.

Entry Comments

  1. This issues has a huge place in my heart, when I was in India I saw babies who were abandoned left to die in places and only because found by the police and given to the place I was volunteering at, but I know many children don’t get rescued. I’ve also been to China and I know that many girls are abandoned there too. I know I’ve met Chinese who’ve come to Canada and had a second child years after the first because they couldn’t have a second child in China. I hope I can get to see this whole documentary sometime.

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