PUBLISHED14 Mar 2019

I Am A Girl





Remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour, as women come of age in the way their culture dictates.


As a day on earth transpires from dawn to dusk and into the night, we meet Manu (Papua New Guinea), Kimsey (Cambodia), Aziza (Afghanistan), Habiba (Cameroon), Breani (USA) and Katie (Australia) – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of what it means to grow up female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, we see remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour. I AM A GIRL is a feature length documentary that paints a picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st Century. Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women, but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population, yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group on the planet. Technology and science offer unimaginable potential but we still struggle to ensure men and women are afforded equal opportunities. In spite of these obstacles, girls have found extraordinary ways to persevere and in our documentary we hear their stories of strength, hope, courage and a refusal to be second best. Stylistically the documentary is poetic and observational, capturing the day-to-day realities of being a girl. The interwoven narratives use the motifs of landscapes and “coming of age” events, whether that is graduating from school, motherhood or an early marriage.

Director Rebecca Barry
Producer Rebecca Barry, Ester Harding
Year 2014
Duration 88-minute feature
Rating M


Where to Watch


Education Overview

The education toolkit has been carefully crafted for different subject areas in USA and Australia high school curricula. The toolkit consists of:

• Curriculum specific study guides (see below)
• DVD feature film
• 6 X 10-12 Min long individual vignettes (perfect for classroom use) that each focus on one girl and the issue she represents. These vignettes are available as a companion DVD upon purchase of an educational license for the 88 min version of the film. To watch an example vignette, please view Aziza’s story.

Educational Resources

Year Level Recommended for Years 9 & 10.
Subjects Health & Physical Education, Community & Family, Society & Culture, Sociology
Topics Womanhood

I Am A Girl’s Educational Toolkit