“Knowledge is power.”
I attended the Girl Rising documentary film this past weekend directed by Richard E. Robins, a moving and inspirational film that highlighted the lives of young girls around the world. The film captured the innocence gained and lost yet the perseverance that each one endured to overcome their circumstances.
The film features voice over from Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchet, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keyes and Kerry Washington.
It’s a film that highlights the journey of 9 wonderful young girls: Ruksana the Dreamer, Suma the Emancipated, Yasmin the Defender, Senna the Warrior, Azmera the Courageous, Amina the Hopeful, Wadley the Undaunted, Mariama the Catalyst.
This movie work is fabulous, with vibrant colors and intertwined animations to illustrate the stories of challenges and success for each one of these young women. Exposing both the beauty of each one and the dark obstacles each one has faced.
In other parts of the world the reality for young, poor girls is a fate expected to work, fetch water and care for children with many culture norms it is typical to send off their young women to work for others because they cannot afford school costs. If they can afford it, many send the boys in the family and the girls have to work, or married off.
In many developing cases up to 75% of AIDs cases are girls or women. In some places the #1 death of girls or young women between the age of 15 and 19 years old is child bearing.
The documentary movie assigned a writer to each of the young women’s personal story. From Ruksana from India to Senna in Peru, each story follows the triumph and strife these young women have lived. It’s main message, girls that get educated grow in better living situations, having the ability to care for themselves and t heir family and making a difference not only in their own life, but community and country.
With the support of 10×0, Intel sponsored the movie, along with CNN films. It’s a tribute to young women around the world. Please visit intel.com/women and review an interesting report on the digital divide, take action and host a screening or text 55155 to donate.
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