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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Girls and women can do whatever they want. It's important to have dreams and set high goals. Girls who have already set such goals for themselves successfully also realize that to make their countries stronger they must help other girls -- by teaching and mentoring -- to set goals, too. In many countries there are few role models of women with high self-esteem to inspire young girls.
Positive Role Models
Girls from India, Jordan, Kenya, Peru, and Bangladesh refuse to accept stereotypes and expectations about what girls and women should and should not do. As they seek education and betterment for themselves they also commit to teaching others that that they, too, can surpass expectations and limits.
Violence & Scariness
It's suggested that girls as young as 12 are forced to marry in countries where families are too poor to take care of their children. In India, Ayesha teaches karate to girls so they can defend themselves against attack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The use of condoms is urged, as well as other methods of taking responsibility for not getting pregnant, in a campaign to end teen pregnancy in Peru. In Bangladesh, girls travel to villages to help raise awareness among girls themselves that they don't have to marry early, even if parents press for it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Girl Connected is a short documentary that looks at five exemplary teenage girls from emerging world countries who have become inspired by their own challenges to help other girls throw off misogynistic social pressures and stereotypes. One advocates against child marriages, and another against teen pregnancy, and another wants girls to learn self-defense and improve self-esteem. The movie shows people living in impoverished villages without indoor plumbing. The girls describe poverty, privation, and hunger. Condoms and responsibility for protected sex are discussed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The great intentions of Girl Connected director Koen Suidgeest are unimpeachable and the movie's important message far outweighs its narrative flaws. A more elegantly edited movie might make actual connections, as per the title, among the five girls showcased. But the importance of the work being done by the five intrepid and socially-conscious girls shown here can't be overemphasized. The movie is a great tool for inspiring others to do the same, and may be something parents will want to watch with their kids and that teachers will want to share with their students.
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