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'It's a Girl' Documentary on Gendercide Teams Up with [Trailer]

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 15, 2012 at 7:13AM

The documentary "It's a Girl!" reveals a remarkable and unsettling issue facing women today: the issues of gendercide in India and China. To add more power to its cause, "It's a Girl!" has teamed up with to bring concrete activism to this issue.

More and more activist documentaries are taking their causes online, where social action is as easy as a click. Last week, October 11th marked the United Nation's first International Day of the Girl Child, which served not only to raise awareness about girls' rights, but also as a rallying cry to help end injustice against women and girls around the world.

The filmmakers behind the documentary "It's a Girl!," which raises the unsettling issue of gendercide in India, Southeast Asia and China via startling statistics and emotional personal accounts (trailer below), are joining online activist platform to leverage social media to raise awareness and instigate social change. guides visitors to simple ways to make an impact and so far has involved 180 million people in 500,000 unique causes.

The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million females are missing from the world today. To guide users to help end gendercide, has organized petitions against world leaders and donations to non-profits Women's Rights Without Frontiers and Invisible Girl Project. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.