One to watch: Girl Rising
If you’re looking for something inspiring to watch then you might just want to check out Girl Rising. A groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. The girls faced arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices and despite these obstacles, these brave girls offer a story of hope and inspiration. It’s a beautiful story which showcases the strength of the human spirit and a great illustration of the power education has to change the world.
The film has been put together by 10×10, a global action campaign for girls’ education. They use the power of storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World. Their work is based upon the idea that educating girls will dramatically improve the well-being of their families and in turn their communities and their countries – multiplying the impact on society. This education will go hand-in-hand with reduced poverty, reduced child mortality, reduced HIV infection rates, reduce corruption and change the conditions that lead to terrorism.
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson and Cate Blanchette along with other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film but they are by no means what should draw you to this documentary or what makes it inspring. Instead the stars are the unsung heros across the world; it’s Azmera from Ethopia who says no to an arranged marriage and a future of servitude to an older man as she wants to be educated and free. It’s Wadlet from Haiti who turned up at her local school every day asking to be taught only to be turned away because she couldn’t pay yet this did not extinguish her thirst for knowledge, it increased it. Their stories show how one girl with courage is a revolution.
Girl Rising airs on CNN on Sunday June 16th at 9:00pm EST but will be available for viewing all round the world shortly afterwards. You can also apply on the site to host your own screening of the film; more info here.
This post was written by Lorna Stokes, part of the travelettes team from 2009 to 2013.
Originally from the UK but currently based in Brussels after stints in Canada, Peru, Italy and a job for the French military, she’s always had an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places! She’s still travelling the world with her family so catch up with her adventures on Instagram & Twitter.