Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. It tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine different countries; each story was written by a celebrated writer from the girl’s own country and is narrated by a renowned actress. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. The featured girls face arranged marriages, child slavery and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break down barriers and create change. The girls are unique, but the barriers they are forced to deal with are universal. Sixty-six million girls around the world can only dream of attending school. By sharing their personal journeys, the featured students have also become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see that one girl with courage is a revolution.
The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to 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.
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala, Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in its style, and all with profound resonance.
The film is presented by the award-winning Documentary Group, in association with Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions, with support from both Intel Corporation and CNN Films.
Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes.