NEWPORT, R.I. – Girl Rising, the powerful documentary film that serves as the centerpiece of a global campaign to educate and empower girls, will be screened at Salve Regina University on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall at O’Hare Academic Center. The screening is free and open to the public.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, the film spotlights nine extraordinary girls from nine countries to showcase the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Each of the girls featured have been born into unforgiving circumstances. Sokha, for instance, is an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer. Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal, today crusades to free others. And Ruksana is an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.
“These girls need help,” Robbins says. “They are the most powerless inhabitants on the planet. They have the least money, the least protection, the least opportunity. And amazingly they have the most profound impact on changes we all want – less poverty, less injustice, less violence. So I would urge people to find a way to get involved with our partner organizations. These are people whose work we have seen first hand. They are doing incredible things out there in the world – we just need to help them do more of it.”
Each of the stories are narrated by celebrated actresses, including Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Priyanka Chopra (India), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan), Salma Hayek (Peru), Alicia Keys (Cambodia), Chloë Moretz (Egypt), Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), and Kerry Washington (Nepal). Girl Rising also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, with original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.
This screening at Salve Regina is sponsored by the departments of sociology and anthropology, global studies and English, along with the office of Multicultural Programs and Plan International USA.