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I Am A Girl (Geelong)

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There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Being born a girl means you are more likely to be subjected to violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage than any other group on the planet. As each girl moves closer to coming of age, I AM A GIRL, a feature length documentary, reveals what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.

As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

I AM A GIRL is an inspirational feature length documentary that paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group in the world. Technology and science offer unimaginable potential but we still struggle to ensure men and women are afforded equal opportunities. Yet in spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere and in our documentary we hear their stories of strength, hope, courage and a refusal to be second best.

Stylistically the documentary interviews coupled with the poetic and observational, capturing the day-to-day realities of being a girl. The interwoven narratives use the motifs of nature and “coming of age” events, whether that be graduating from school, motherhood or an early marriage.

Our journey takes the audience through a pastiche of diverse cultures and societies around the globe including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia.

Q&A panel

Edwina Murphy-Droomer
Combining her training in Naturopathy and Functional Nutrition with her life experience as a mother of four it is Edwina's passion to help mum's equip their teenage daughters with the skills they need to launch themselves into womanhood with confidence. "Utilizing the power of abundant nutrition, movement, sleep, stress management, personal care routines, and connection to community and nature, are all powerful tools for supporting both physical and mental health. With a sound understanding of how to use these skills to protect their health, our girls can confidently take responsibility for their own well-being."

Tarah Smith
Tarah is a mother of three and founder of Wonder Magazine, an Australian publication that empowers pre-teen girls to be creative, brave, kind and to inspire them to think about who they are and what they could be. A publication free from the stresses of the adult world. A publication of their very own that they can contribute to.

Tarah says, "As a mother of two girls I have begun feel the separation that naturally occurs as our children grow and become more and more independent. Conscious of not being our child's only influence whilst pondering popular role models and influencers. A conversation that struck a chord and left me our children grow older and they are more influenced by the world outside our little bubble here at home I wondered, 'what can I offer to satisfy them which ties in with what I feel is appropriate?' Through searching for Australian publications for pre-teen girls I found the use of celebrity gossip and heavy marketing very concerning. This inspired me to create my own."

Kate Loftus
A qualified Naturopath with 17 years clinical experience, Kate has special interest in gastro-enterology, women’s health, IVF support, immunology, children’s health, clinical nutrition and lifestyle conditioning. Throughout Kate’s time in the field of functional medicine it has become apparent the importance of understanding women’s physical and mental health in order to aid personal growth and wellness.  Kate is always enthusiastic to share new medicine concepts in clinical nutrition, herbal medicine and lifestyle analysis.  Kate loves working with adults, teenagers and children to better their health outcomes.

Lyndelle Anson 
Lyndelle has worked in many Youth Service programs for over 15 years. Also she was an Aromatherapy and Massage Therapist for a number of years and opened a therapy and retail Healing Centre specialising in women’s health, fertility, pregnancy using a range of modalities including Reiki, Bush Flower Essential Oils, Lomi Lomi and Kahuna, Balinese and Japanese therapy and acupuncture. During this time she was also involved with the Gallery of Enlightened to co-facilitate spiritual meditation tours for women to sacred temples across Asia.

It was in 2003 when Lyndelle gave birth to her first child naturally, gently and medication free, she realised this birth experience was in the minority in the current times we live in, with this she found her calling to become a Doula. It wasn’t until the loss of her next pregnancy that Lyndelle was keen to identify the kind of Doula that aligned with her philosophy. She studied under Rhea Dempsey in 2012. During this time she wrote and began facilitating a ‘Journey and Loss’ work shop designed to give women their voice through grief and to honour all babies regardless of gestation. In 2015 Lyndelle joined Geelong and Surf Coast Doula Service and co-managed this service with Tahnee Marks. In 2017 they began offering their Doula training programs so they could provide services to a broader range of women, including those who were unable to afford a private Doula. Lyndelle and her husband Graham are parents to 4 boys, 2 spiritual girls and are currently awaiting their next baby to be welcomed later this year.

About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at The Potato Shed in Drysdale for a nourishing meal, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.

Event program
6pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
7pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9.00pm event concludes


Later Event: September 18
I Am A Girl (Bayside Melbourne)