In March, we got to check out a screening of “Girl Rising,” a powerful feature film that tangibly illustrates the economical and social impacts of educating women. Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins collaborated with Vulcan Productions and Intel Corporation to bring people this documentary, a piece that is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.
Research shows that sending more girls to school will not only elevate them out of poverty but also that the outcome will directly benefit the communities they live in as well. Girls who are educated grow into women who can manage family finances, launch companies that improve the economy of their towns, and raise children who will become leaders in their own right. The premise of “Girl Rising,” then, is to share the stories of real young women throughout the world who have fought for their right to receive an education, thus enabling them to become agents of change in their communities.
Narrated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway, “Girl Rising” provides great storytelling appeal for viewers. The film follows a handful of girls from all over the world (Cambodia, Haiti, Nepal, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan, to be exact) as they share their stories, many of which involve poverty, trafficking, prostitution, death, and heartache. Despite living in different countries and aligning their beliefs with different cultures, each girl shares the commonality of her passion for receiving an education. And by getting the chance to go to school, each girl not only improves her own life but goes on to enhance the lives of others as well.
Visit “Girl Rising’s” website to find a screening near you, and check out the film’s trailer below to learn more about this inspiring movie…