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Girl Rising (2013)

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This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.

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Richard Robbins
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amina Amina ... Herself
Azmera Azmera ... Herself
Arindol Bagchi Arindol Bagchi ... Ruksana's Father
Rekha Banerjee Rekha Banerjee ... Night Shelter Woman
Cate Blanchett ... Narrator - Haiti (voice)
Barsha Charttajee Barsha Charttajee ... Teacher
Tripti Chaudhary Tripti Chaudhary ... Sita Didi
Priyanka Chopra ... Narrator - India (voice)
Tanaji Dasgupta ... Goonda 1
Saheb Dey Saheb Dey ... Goodna 2
Said Faraj ... Sgt. Assif
Selena Gomez ... Narrator - Sierra Leone (voice)
Mona Hala Mona Hala ... Yasmine's Mother
Anne Hathaway ... Narrator - Afghanistan (voice)
Salma Hayek ... Narrator - Peru (voice)
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The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change. Written by Seventeen Magazine

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Give flight to her hopes and dreams

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Documentary | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

10x10 Girl Rising See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,640, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$1,727,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,727,259
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[first lines]
Narrator: This is a simple story. And it did not begin here. This thing of beauty, a joy forever. Rising. This warm glow in darkness, like the harvest moon. A Khmer proverb whispers, "Celebrate when the moon is bright." But for years, she was a child of the dump.
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Alternate Versions

Another version of this title was made for India under the title 'Girl Rising India: Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi' and was released in 2015. This version used Indian stars instead of Hollywood stars. See more »

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Baai
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Performed by Emmanuel Jal and Abdel Gadir Salim
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Girl Rising hits new high for documentary filmmaking
14 April 2014 | by AmandaSageSee all my reviews

I recently had the privilege of seeing Girl Rising, 10x10's gripping documentary about nine girls from around the world, and why educating them—and every girl—is vitally important to our future.

Each of these amazing, resilient girls comes from one of nine countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone. They all have incredible stories to tell, each with unimaginable hardships, but also with hope.

Girl Rising features a beautiful mix of live-action, animation and narration, of reenactments and reimaginings, as well as real-life footage. It's stunningly made, with fabulous cinematography, impeccable writing, and a unique approach to each story—fitting for nine unique and utterly captivating girls.

The film is also fair. It gives the girls a voice, which sadly has a lot to say about abuse at the hands of men, and being subordinated by both men and women. But it makes an effort to show positive male figures, like protective brothers and nurturing fathers.

Interestingly, the film is directed by Richard Robbins and its central narrator is Liam Neeson. To me, involving these men shows solidarity and an emphasis on healing the world together.

But that's not to say the male voices overpower the female in Girl Rising. Women leave a lasting mark all over the film, from the producers to the writers to the rest of the narrators, who are all female and include the likes of Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keyes and Meryl Streep.

See Girl Rising and I believe you'll be deeply moved. The girls' stories are sometimes painful, but always lead to powerful, triumphant endings. And between each one, you'll discover overwhelming facts about the benefits of educating girls—benefits for them, their countries and the entire world.

I'm not sure when/if the film will get a wider release, but for now, you can visit GirlRising.com to arrange a screening, get more information and, of course, donate to one of the most important causes.


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