Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Removing barriers to girls’ education – such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare, school fees – means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.
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.
Each girl’s story is written by a renowned writer from her native country: Marie Arana, Edwidge Danticat, Mona Eltahawy, Aminatta Forna, Zarghuna Kargar, Maaza Mengiste, Sooni Taraporevala, Manjushree Thapa, and Loung Ung. These stories are narrated by celebrated actresses: Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. Girl Rising also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, as well as original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.
A panel discussion will be held post film moderated by Barbara Schmidt, Founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life including Per Loof, a Director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, US Congressman Ted Deutch and Julie Hogan, Deputy Statewide Prosecutor of the Attorney General Office of Statewide Prosecution.
Per Loof with children of the Kisengo village in the Congo (DRC) where KEMET built a school, hospital, and other infrastructure.