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February 18, 2014

Girl Rising DVD Review

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Meet nine unforgettable girls in the groundbreaking film that launched a global movement for girls’ education. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ stories into words; renowned actors give them voice. Academy Award®winners Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and others perform in Girl Rising, arriving on DVD March 4.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins (Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience), Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal, and Sierra Leone confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams.

Distinguished writers from each girl’s country were enlisted to bring the girls’ experiences to life, while an impressive line-up of actors, including Blanchett, Streep, and Hathaway, along with Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, lend voices to these stories.

Now everyone can bring home  “the documentary every mother, sister, daughter should see, as well as the men who love and support them” (Entertainment Weekly).  Parents can engage both daughters and sons with the inspirational film that points the way toward global citizenship.  The DVD contains the feature length film and much more - behind the scenes footage, interviews with the writers, engaging short videos and a director’s introduction.

Girl Rising was released in March, 2013 and made its highly celebrated broadcast premiere on CNN on June 15, 2013. More than 205 million people have seen Girl Rising on television, at private events, and in 8,000+ screenings around the world. From a rally at the World Bank to a conference in Kuala Lumpur to high-level screenings worldwide - at UNESCO, the Irish Parliament, the Pentagon, the Peace Corps and an ever-growing list - Girl Rising consistently engages the attention of global influencers, and supported more than 1,800 events for International Day of the Girl in October, 2013.

The film The New York Times calls “One of the hottest cause docs in years,” is the heart of a global action campaign for girls’ education that promotes this powerful truth: educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities, and entire countries - and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

For more information about how to be a part of the Girl Rising movement, visit girlrising.com.   

My Review:
I love this movie! This is a documentary about 9 different girls who changed their lives and broke away from the cycle of poverty as direct results of education. Perhaps the reason why I loved it has to do with the fact that I grew up in a poor farming community in Taiwan. Through out my entire childhood, my mother reinforced the importance of education. Going to college was not an option, it was a must. I love how the film clearly documents each girl's background and their struggles. More importantly, it showed how the girls were able to rise above their circumstances through education and hard work. I highly recommend this movie -- especially for those who love documentaries. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com.  


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