It’s a Girl – The Three Deadliest Words in the World

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Evan Grae Davis, the founder of Shadowline Films. From the Aral Sea disaster in Eastern Europe to poverty in Africa to social transformation among tribal groups of South America, Evan has traveled the globe with camera in hand for 16 years. He has dedicated his career to advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos championing the cause of the poor and exploited. He draws from his experience and passion as he lends leadership to Shadowline Films, a team of filmmakers who share a common concern for the critical issues of our time. It’s a Girl is his first feature-length documentary.

FP: Evan Grae Davis, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

Tell us about your new film, It’s a Girl.

Davis: Thanks Jamie.

In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called “gendercide.” Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or other family members.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl reveals the issue. It asks why this is happening, and why so little is being done to save girls and women. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

FP: Why is there a war against girls?

Davis: The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural mores that say women are less valuable than men. In nations like India and China, only sons can inherit wealth, carry on the family name, and perform last rites for their parents upon their death. Sons also care for their parents in old age. Daughters, once married, join their husband’s family and are no longer considered a member of their parents’ family. In addition, in India, the family of girls must pay an expensive dowry of property and money to the husband’s family upon marriage. These practices, in combination with government policies in China which restrict families to one or two children, accelerate the elimination of girls. Girls are often aborted, killed immediately after birth, or abandoned. Those women who do live past childhood, are often subjected to abuse and neglect.

FP: Why is so little being done?

Davis: This is a question I have often asked and one to which I do not have the answer. I can only speculate that, in India, the devaluation of women is so deeply engrained in the fabric of society that most are nearly blind to it. A recent UNICEF study in India discovered that 52% of women believe it is justified for men to beat their wives. Women in India and China grow up in a patriarchal, son-preferential culture. They are programmed to believe that “Raising a daughter is like watering your neighbor’s garden” (common sayings in both India and China). In China, women are subject to the same patriarchal culture, but in addition, they are victims of a brutal reproductive policy that restricts the number of children they can have and is enforced through coercive and often violent measures, including forced abortion and forced sterilization.

Why the world community allows wholesale violence against women to continue on such a scale is beyond me. I can only hope it is because the majority of the world population are unaware of the scope of this human rights crisis and, once educated by our film, will rise up and fuel a movement to end gender-based violence and killings, as well as resoundingly affirm the worth and dignity of girls and women in India, China and the rest of the world.

FP: What you brings you to this battle? Share with us how you came to this issue and to your activism on behalf of women’s rights.

Davis: I have spent the last 15 years producing promotional and fundraising videos for non-profit humanitarian organizations all over the world. I have seen so much need everywhere: poverty, hunger, conflict, children on the street. I wanted to know more about why there was so much injustice in the world, so in 2009 I set out on a journey to produce a documentary film exploring the cultural mindset underlying the devaluation of human life and the social injustices that result. War, corruption, genocide, exploitation of the innocent, violence against women– what are the root causes?

My documentary journey took me to Africa, where there is a myth that having sex with a virgin will cure AIDS, leading to the exploitation of young girls and the spread of HIV/AIDS to the most innocent among us. I and the Shadowline Films team went to Cambodia, the child sex trafficking capitol of the world and were shocked by the scale of sex tourism occurring there. We explored a story in Brazil, where indigenous tribal groups of the Amazon Basin ritualistically bury disabled infants and twins alive, to purge the tribe of curses. I had documented the Cambodian Killing Fields and the evil of genocide. It felt like I had seen the worst of humanity and what we are capable of when we allow our base instincts of survival and greed to rule us at any cost.

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  • Don L

    Over 26 million females have been slaughtered here in the sanctimonious USA since Roe vs Wade (51%X 53 million) The Democrats are the real warriors against women, since they won't allow them to even live–never mind vote. The scourge of Planned Parenthood in the bowels of the black communities of America speaks of another war that Margaret Sanger started and the left is finishing. Life itself is an inconvenience to the left's Godless people.
    And they diabolically have chosen the very two are as their main assault weapons against the GOP-(racism and war on women.) Such evil and deceit could only come from the bowels of Hades itself.

    • Questions

      Why should we be so concerned about the impact of abortion in black communities? Let those violent, rotten people do their own p.r. Let's worry more about white communities. As for Margaret Sanger, Mr. Pro-Life Fanatic, she wasn't all that big on abortion. That's a fact. And late in life, having lived in Arizona for many years, Sanger was a good friend of Barry Goldwater and openly supported his 1964 presidential bid. That's right — Mr. Conservative.

      • Ghostwriter

        Bigotry,thy name is Questions.

        • Questions

          You call it "bigotry." I call it reality. I guess you handle too much reality.

      • belengarya

        What? Are you serious? "Violent, rotten people"? I'm dumbfounded by your lack of compassion for other human beings. As for Margaret Sanger, she didn't promote abortion. She promoted eugenics where those "deemed unfit " for procreation were to be sterilized so they couldn't have children and sully the gene pool. Where have I heard that before? Nazi Germany! She actually went on speaking tours in the South to promote this idea to the Klu Klux Klan. Educate yourself!

    • James

      Yup…how about the War on Logic?
      The dems pander to the ignorant. He has 40% white support and 80% minority support. Soooo the world is now run by minorities. Forget the innovator. Forget the people who built this country who invented every single thing that made this country grow. When you shun the backbone of this country–and win…you have pulled off the greatest robbery every perpetrated.
      How about the War on the Unborn? people are voting just in case they have to kill their children? This is what this wicked party stands for and actually has ignorant people thinking "we" are evil? We know Roe/wade will never be overturned…but are we gonna say its right? The devil thinks its right…maybe you'll vote for him next?

  • CharlesWhite

    Well put Don L! You can't have a "little" evil without all the evil! Power and Greed rue the Black American community leadership and the natural selfishness of man keeps them inline, until they set themselves free they will suffer the hidden agendas of others, sad fact is Real Christ like fellowship sets you free and fewer and fewer Americans follow Christ! more and more willfully follow the Prince of Darkness, mesmerized by his words of deceit and the delusional dance of happiness he promises.

  • Schlomotion

    While I think this movie will be very good, it is no cause for Jamie Glazov to plagiarize from Mr. Davis' Facebook Bio.

    Even worse, this article is replagiarized by Ruth King under her own name.

    • kevinh

      Surely. He also used the same color text, and I'm-sorry-but-it-could-not-be-an-accident similar looking font. Why didn't he choose a different language too? Or better still, invent his own? No originality at all!

      A disgrace.


    • Russ P.

      He copied the guy's bio — and you call that plagiarism? You can't be serious.

  • Toecutter

    Umm… also include religion, the genocidal phenomenon (or is that puke-a-thon) that has raged ever since some senile, old cow-eyed cretin with a beard found the first stone to worship. Dig deeper and you will find that the mass genocide against women is at the behest of religion. All religions are paternalistic in nature, deed and execution. Killing of females is high on their agenda. Alongside that is the capture and enslavement of females for sexual gratification. How about that? The turds who murder women are the same turds who want women as their personal private property to abuse and rape at will. It kind of says it all about religion.

    It takes all kinds. But religion is NEVER kind.

    • Questions

      Finally, someone here has the guts to speak the truth. And inasmuch as I despise Islamic fanatics (i.e., almost all Muslims), Christians have a lot to answer for. It was the early Christians, for example, who instituted the practice of mandatory veiling of women. As for ultra-Orthodox Jews, they're a piece of work. Most people have no idea how badly many of the women in those communities are treated by their husbands and extended family.

      • BEASTDOGS8

        It is amazing how brain dead you leftist are Question and Toecutter, You claim Christians have a lot to answer for yet, you leftist whitewash and/or ignore the large damage path of death and distruction that follows the leftist philosophies such as socialism, which openly promotes and pushes atheism. In case Question and Toecutter you slept through last century, socialism, which again openly pushes atheism and also openly persectes Jews and Christians, has its hands, to this day still dripping with blood, to the the tune of over 100 million people murdered and still counting. Mass murders is the specialty of socialism particularly, mass killings of people of religious faith such as Jews and Christians as it pushes atheism on the rest of the people. So cry me a river Question and Toecutter you liberals disgust me, I swear you liberals are getting dumber each and every day.

    • kevinh

      You might have well just asserted that "it kind of says it all about people who drink Pepsi" or some such other silly assertion from the facts you've presented. I'm glad we agree that abortion is wrong however. Your belief that there is no god (anywhere) and my belief that G-d exists (outside of time and space) doesn't directly contradict our shared opposition on selective abortion.

    • Russ P.

      Now please explain why atheistic communists murdered 100,000,000 of their own people in the past century. Was "religion" to blame for that too, genius?

      • Bartimaeus

        If all cultures are equally valid and all religions are equally valid, why is it that Bible believing Christians are the strongest voice in our culture that is against infanticide and gendercide? When will people wake up and realize it is only a dangerous form of self deception that puts all religions in the same category and then dismisses them all. Wisdom and discernment are declining rapidly as we move to reject our Christian heritage. Are we so very far from china and India as to that which we now consider unjust and barbaric?

  • Chris

    I am grateful to the film maker for bringing this very serious issue to light. However, he doesn't need to look far for the answer to why the world community looks away–the sacred cows of multiculturalism and the view that abortion is a right make most western leaders uncomfortable with acknowledging gendercide. Abortion and multiculturalism trump every other issue.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'll be honest here. The idiotic posts of those like Toecutter and Questions really make me question their sanity. When not bashing black people,Questions now goes after religion itself,with the help of Toecutter. I think these two must have misplaced their medications before they came on this site.

    • SKIP

      What the author said and printed is true! I know, I live and work over here.

    • Questions

      I'm not "going after" religion. I'm trying to set the record straight.

      White "conservatives" who obsess over alleged "racism" by liberals are doing the Left's dirty work without even knowing it. Fact: Margaret Sanger was not only NOT a Leftist, she was a Republican conservative. She and her husband, who'd lived in Tucson since the 30s, were close friends of Barry and Peggy Goldwater. They influenced the Goldwaters greatly on birth control issues. Deal with it. As for medications, I hate to disappoint you, pal, but I'm not on any.

  • PAthena

    What is the "world community"? Good for Davis for investigating the issue of how girls are treated in different parts of the world, but there is no "world community" to appeal to. There are countries which can object, like the Western countries, but not "the world," which includes Mohammedan countries, China, India, etc.

  • kafir4life

    It's going to get interesting when women decide to abort their babies if it's learned they have the "gay gene". Many women will decide that they don't want THEIR chile to be gay (not that there's anything wrong with it…of course not), and as the left has determined it's her absolute right to abort for any or no reason at all. That being the case, I'd shout it from the rooftops.

    Let me leave you with one question…….imagine a world where Stanley Ann Dunham had available to her the same services that women have today in 1961. This could be a much better world, but we wouldn't even be aware of the danger that could have been. An aborted Obama! Tell me that doesn't bring a little smile to your face….If only Ms. Dunham had a choice.

    • kevinh

      Statistically abortion has already killed more gays than AIDS in the U.S., however this fact is not considered important. It would not surprise me to see legislation proposed which mandated the testing and the special right protection of the unborn with a specific gene makeup.

      I'm willing to say "I'm against abortion" even if the cost is having one Barry Sotero or Barack Obama or whatever name he so chooses at present. However given the racial demographics involved with the abortion industry, and the political ideologies of his father(s) it does seem likely that he would not have ever been born.

      I wonder at what point he'll understand his "punished with a baby" quote for its own irony.

  • Western Spirit

    People of color should realize that abortion serves the interest of bigots that want to eliminate them.

    Moreover the way women are treated is a good indication of what degree of freedom and civilization a culture offers. Putting the lie to equality of cultures. Multi-culturism flies in the face of common sense and equality of religions does as well.

    Clearly there are quality cultures and religions that provide freedom and civilization to a quality starved world. Putting on blinders and not seeing this is pathological.

    A government guided by Biblical Christianity, such as this country, are provably far superior to the cultures and religions of the rest of the world because there is observable superior outcomes.

    Superior and inferior are aspects of this world of duality that's why multi-culturism and equality of religions fly in the face of reality and common sense

    • Sandra K

      Western Spirit: your mention of 'religion' and 'reality' within the same sentence nearly caused me to shoot my coffee through my nose :-) Why is it that the religious are always concerned with superiority? Whose genocide was more 'holy'? Whose 'holy war' was more 'holy'? Or should I say 'hokey'? Which religious group's oppression of others' human rights – especially females of all ages – is more justified?

      We've already seen how religions and governments don't mix. We've got a stupid amount of examples of this throughout history which prove this. Yet many of us never seem to learn from the mistakes of those who came before us and just keep on bumbling through life, repeating the same foolishness, displaying the same arrogance & ignorance, and are actually shocked when – surprise surprise – there is absolutely NO difference in the outcome. As my grandmother used to say, "You put in crap, you get out crap. Every time. The flavor or type of crap never really changes, although the smell might." I gotta say, the woman had it going on upstairs.

      It truly is 'putting on blinders' to refuse to recognize that ALL religion is rubbish. All religions are based on fallacies, fairy tales and imaginary friends – or as my grandmother would say, 'crap' – so there simply is no hope of getting anything out of them except 'crap'. I fail to see why this is so difficult for so many people to comprehend. Repeating the same fallacies over and over again does not change the fact that they are fallacies. Making the same mistakes over and over again does not change the fact that they are STILL mistakes. It is our own refusal to learn from our repeated, identical mistakes and fallacies which keeps the majority of humanity spinning its wheels, ridiculously wondering why we're STILL sitting in the same pile of crap wondering why we haven't yet managed to get out. This sad state of affairs can't be anything but laughable and pathetic. Yet somehow we manage to think of ourselves as 'superior' to 'the other guy'. This is plain foolishness at its best.

      Islamic dictatorships are also very sure that a government guided by Islam is the way to go, yet we can plainly see it's anything but. The only real difference between Islam and Christianity is the name if the imaginary friend people are bowing down to and killing in the name of.

      As for which country or religion treats their women in a 'superior' manner, it has been proven time and time again that women suffer great injustices in so-called 'developed countries', as well as under Christianity. Anybody claiming 'it ain't so' doesn't make it so. Religions pretty much all have roots that began with some nutter dreaming of and demanding power over 'the other guy'. Yet once again we run into the cold, hard fact that this kind of power kills, oppresses and robs the human rights of others.

      The comparisons and similarities which a blind man could see never end. All religions are very concentrated sources of evil & lunacy which harm others. Doesnt matter whose religion it is. None of us have the right to infringe on others' rights simply because we believe our rights or beliefs are 'superior' to others'.

  • Ann

    ask your self why are they killing girls — the UN is a major player in this murder, they spew population control…but what is really worse is that if you take away women, you take away reproduction and anyway of man to produce … therefor you control humans and what they can do, which is a way to enslave humans again… it does not matter the color of the women…slavery has no color

  • Western Spirit

    The Left is at war with the reality of duality.

    For instance, they claim everything is equal rather than acknowledging the opposite nature of everything in existence. There is no weaker or stronger sex, in fact, there is no difference between anything. No good or evil, no inferior or superior, just smooth sailing through a sea of sameness.

    And so they are at war with reality itself and common sense tries to tell us this.

  • Western Spirit

    In light of this fact, of duality Multi-culturism is an illusion straight from the bowels of hell. So is the rest of P.C. and that's where the deluded are taking us to an earthy hell on earth back into a life of servitude where mankind has traditionally been until America's Christianity set the captives free.

    The captives hate those who are free and they hate religion too. But be of good cheer Jesus said he came to set the captives free.

  • Mike

    So we either treat women like crap (third world countries) and of no value or we put them on a pedestal at the expense of men (western countries). Is there no middle ground?