A FILM & CONVERSATION PRESENTING THE REALITY OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A GIRL IN THE 21st CENTURY
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.
Julie Tenner is a mother of four (including three girls), Co-founder of Nourishing The Mother (with Suburban Sandcastles Founder Bridget Wood) and The Pleasure Nutritionist. A Naturopath and doula, her focus is on bringing pleasure back into our health, mothering and lives. Author, Birth Coach, Health Professional, Mothering Mentor.
A captivating storyteller, Julie brings heart and charisma to her work with a distinctive combination of knowledge and soul. Passionate about women, body connection and parenting, Julie has expertise on health and wellbeing with intellectual foundations and spiritual underpinnings. She can masterfully weave physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health into practical lifestyle tips and choices, inspiring conscious questions, thought and change.
Sumaya Harare arrived in Melbourne, Australia at the age of 7, with her 3 brothers and parents as refugees from Somalia. The only English she knew was from Sesame Street, and was nervous to be in a place where no one looked like her. She was constantly bullied and ostracised in school while trying to fit in with a new culture. As an escape, She immersed herself in drawing and listening to her mother’s stories – a re-imagination of how she saw herself and the world around her.
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 Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, 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.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9.00pm event concludes