Each moment millions of people are living their lives in completely different ways. In the Western world, the right to study, to get a job, to get married to the person we love, is considered ‘normal’; while these things are happening everywhere in the world they are felt as completely different experiences.
OneGirl is a documentary feature where we follow for one day four young girls each living in a different country but awoken by the same dawn in the same meridian: South Sudan, Romania, Palestine, Finland. Our girls are so different from one another and yet so similar in their behaviours, intentions, desires and dreams.
With their innocence and spontaneity, children can show us our differences and similarities, portraying their inner beauty and sometimes their tragedy. They teach us to be more sympathetic with “others” and give us a better understanding of our world.
The documentary explores the challenges teenage girls have to face: despite last years’ progress, inequality is still a big issue. We want to tell their stories through an ordinary day.
While watching a short documentary for the World Food Programme, I was touched by an interview with a Tanzanian boy who had to walk two hours to go to school. He could not concentrate during the lessons because he was starving. What we call "normal" in the Western world, like going to school, having a job and getting married is not what happens in other parts of the world or at least not as we think it should.Â
In the coziness of our Western world, we give everything for granted and think that the world is just as we know it. We easily forget how lucky we are that we have the possibility to choose our destiny, while a lot of people, especially women, are not given this possibility at all, and they must overcome huge obstacles to have a decent life.Â Showing one single day in the lives of few young girls was for me the simplest and immediate way to investigate this.
Goethe once said: 'One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste'.
The film also wants to celebrate the magic of the everyday little things. In a world where super-heroes and tragedies seems to be considered the only things to engage the audience, going back to the simple moments was a felt statement.