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I Am a Girl

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intense, eye-opening docu about growing up around the world.

Movie NR 2014 88 minutes
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I Am a Girl is unforgettable and deeply moving, and not just because many of its subjects share such personal, often heartbreaking stories. It's easy to feel immediate compassion for Kimsey, whose life full of horrors includes selling her virginity at 12, or Manu, who was sent away by her father when she got pregnant. By contrast, Katie and Breani appear to have comparatively less tumult in their lives.

But as the movie continues, viewers learn that they, too, have had challenges -- including depression, attempted suicide, and an absent father. That's what makes this documentary so profound: It reveals how, no matter where you're from, growing up as a girl has its unique challenges. Director Rebecca Barry has stitched together a narrative both wrenching and uplifting. For despite these difficulties, the stories also show the girls' shared sense of optimism and the belief that good things can and will happen to them. We certainly hope so.

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