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Category: Movies

Girl Rising, Documentary Screening

July 11, 2013

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12

671 N. Glebe Road

Arlington, Virginia 22203

Only 5 days left to reserve your ticket at http://gathr.us/screening/4417 for a screening in Ballston of the beautiful, inspiring, and important new documentary, Girl Rising!

7:30 PM
July 11
Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12

About the event:
Tickets can be reserved for $10 at http://gathr.us/screening/4417 If enough people reserve tickets, we’ll hit the “tipping point” and the theater will host us. If the minimum number of reservations is not met, the screening does not take place and nobody is charged.

About the film:
“Girl Rising” mixes documentary and narrative filmmaking to show how education lifted nine girls out of poverty and cruel circumstances. The movie’s locales — Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal and India — are far-flung, reflecting the diversity of the stories. Among the most affecting: Suma, a Nepalese girl who writes songs to help her navigate and ultimately overcome her life as a bonded laborer; and Wadley, a 7-year-old Haitian with a love for learning that’s rocked by the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The young women’s stories, narrated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway, stand as sober reminders of the kind of unforgiving obstacles faced by girls in developing countries and the positive, ripple effects that learning can bring.

Director Richard E. Robbins, Oscar-nominated for his 2007 documentary “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” divides his new film into nine portrait segments, set apart by Liam Neeson’s narration about the hard truths girls must confront to go to school — or simply show that they matter — in many nations.

The film’s re-creations, some involving actors and some the girls themselves, aren’t always successful, but the truths at their core are rock-solid. Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, “Girl Rising” stands as a testament to the power of information.
“Girl Rising.” Rated PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes.


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