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Roll Call

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Malala-inspired series shows girls' diverse experiences.

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The show's stars hail from Mexico, Pakistan, and Nigeria, among other countries, and the content in each episode varies greatly, but the central themes of empowerment and determination remain constant. That's not surprising, given the involvement of activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, of course, but the shorts are devoted entirely to the girls themselves, who tell their stories in their own words and at their own pace.

Roll Call's compelling content is worthwhile for kids -- and girls in particular -- because of its ability to inspire and motivate. In some cases the girls' experiences might be upsetting to sensitive viewers, as in the case of one who witnessed genocide. Often the show's brief format also leaves you wanting more than the five-minute runtime allows, which can be frustrating. Ultimately, though, what stays with you after the stories end is the incredible resilience and determination of the young subjects themselves.

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