Nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, each paired with an acclaimed writer from their country, are the stars of groundbreaking film Girl Rising. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Among the stories, Girl Rising highlights Azmera, a 13-year old girl in Ethiopia who is told that it’s time for her to get married, per local custom. In contrast to her mother and many of her peers, Azmera refused. With her brother’s support, Azmera insisted on staying in school and denied the much older man who offered the family money to marry her.
A post-film update on Azmera reports she is still happily living with her family and remains in school where she is earning top grades. Her favorite subjects are English and Math, and her goals include becoming a community leader who works against child marriage. She also looks forward to being a teacher, she says, “in order to educate girls just like me.”
Whether it’s giving girls an education or letting them have their voices heard, let’s reach out to girls around the world and give them the help they need as they take their place as leaders of the future.
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On June 16th Girl Rising will make its international television debut on CNN, providing millions around the world with the opportunity to watch this unforgettable film.
Screenings of Girl Rising have taken place at theaters and on campuses in various cities throughout the United States since the film’s launch earlier this year. Global action campaign 10×10 has partnered with Gathr to enable anyone to request and attend screenings of the film at local venues. You can find a screening near you or coordinate your own.
Check the map to see where Girl Rising screenings are scheduled, or coordinate a screening in your own community.