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Kwantlen to screen documentary

Kwantlen will be showing a screening of the movie on Jan. 30 - Contributed photo
Kwantlen will be showing a screening of the movie on Jan. 30
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It’s a scene that’s hard to watch.

A woman describes how she killed her daughter, then reveals how she has killed seven or eight daughters, all because they weren’t born male.

“It’s so very real and hard to fathom and comprehend, but it needs to be discussed,” said Kwantlen instructor Ranbir Johal.

The scene will be one of many raw interviews in the documentary It’s a Girl to be screened at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus Wednesday.

Hosted by the GirlKIND Foundation, which Johal is a member of, the documentary delves into the world of female feticide in India and China.

Johal, who first viewed the film in its entirety in Abbotsford last fall, knew she had to bring the documentary to her community to share.

“It’s very powerful. I was very moved. These are issues I have heard about and read about, but it is difference when you see people actually talking from their experiences,” Johal said. “I wanted to bring it to Surrey and Kwantlen so students and other members of the community could see it.”

While the focus of the movie is centered around the female feticide in India and China, Johal said she hopes the movie will spur action here at home in Canada.

“We don’t want to paint the Chinese or Indian community with one brush, but we want to bring up the discussion that this is happening,” she said.

“Just because we’re sitting here in Canada doesn’t mean we are not affected by it.

“It is our responsibility to do something and realize how one person can make a difference.”

The Jan. 30 screening will be followed by a discussion and the event will feature performances by musical group Saint Soldier, featuring Sukhraj.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will be screened at the conference room at the Surrey campus, 12666 72 Ave.

Tickets can be purchased at www.girlkind.org or at the Modern Languages Department at KPU.

 

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