From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising is an innovative film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Journeying around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit, Girl Rising demonstrates the power of education to change a girl – and the world.
Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.
Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country: Marie Arana (Peru), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Aminatta Forna (Sierre Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal), and Loung Ung (Cambodia).
These stories are narrated by celebrated actresses: Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Priyanka Chopra (India), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan), Salma Hayek (Peru), Alicia Keys (Cambodia), Chloë Moretz (Egypt), Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), and Kerry Washington (Nepal).
Girl Rising also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, with original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.
Girl Rising is the centerpiece of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls. The executive producers of Girl Rising are Tom Yellin, Holly Gordon, Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen.
Around the world, girls face barriers to education that boys do not. But educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. These statistics offer insights on those barriers, and also illustrate the lasting impact education has on girls, families, communities and nations around the world.
1. 66 million girls are out of school globally. (UNESCO)
2. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. (Education First)
3. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. (UNESCO)
4. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. (UNICEF)
5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence. (UNIFEM)
[50% of sexual assaults in the world victimize girls under the age of 15 (UNFPA).]
6. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year. That’s 38 thousand today–or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)
7. The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. (World Health Organization)
8. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children. (National Academies Press)
9. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. (The World Bank)
10. If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $12.
6:30pm Reception. Film Screening at 7:30pm followed by Q & A with Martha Adams - Senior Producer.
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