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Girl Rising

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.