Girl Rising

A powerful documentary film, in part supported by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is currently playing across the US. Girl Rising received an overwhelmingly positive response when it premiered at the renowned Sundance Film Festival in January this year. The film was made by 10X10 (see http://10x10act.org), a global action campaign for girls’ education, working with the Intel Corporation to deliver a simple, critical truth – educate girls and you will change the world. It tells the stories of nine girls in nine countries, and their struggles to access education and escape from poverty and numerous life situations like arranged child marriages.

Each story was written by wellknown authors Marie Arana, Edwidge Danticat, Mona Eltahawy, Aminatta Forna, Zarghuna Kargar, Maaza Mengiste, Sooni Taraporevala, Manjushree Thapa and Loung Ung, hailing variously from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone.

The tales were narrated by celebrities like Selena Gomez, Anna Hathaway, Alicia Keyes, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek and Meryl Streep. They tell the story, for example, of Sokha, orphaned and living in a garbage dump in Cambodia, as she finds her way to a school where she quickly rises to the top of the class.

The one male voice belongs to Liam Neeson, who provides an overall narration comprising statistics: 50% of sexual assaults in the world are committed on females under the age of 15, and there are 33 million fewer girls than boys attending primary schools. Visit www.girlrising.com to learn more.

Category: Winter 2013

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