March 13, 2013

Movie Review: Girl Rising

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Monday night after class I headed to Union Square for a screening of a movie called Girl Rising. For those who don't know, March is Women's History Month. The film was released on International Women's Day and I don't think that was an accident. The movie shares the stories of 9 girls from around the world from Nepal to Peru to Afghanistan. While their stories are full of sadness they are also filled with tremendous hope. The film lets the girls tell their story as recited by some famous voices: Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, and Alicia Keys just to name a few.

As I read in "Half the Sky," the statistics are astounding. When girl receive an education, the whole community profits. The economics of the country improve. Yet, 66 million girls are uneducated on this Earth. For what reason? To be enslaved, sold to strangers or married off before even becoming a teenager. Each of the stories told in the film show how when just one girl speaks up, it can have a lasting impression. We need to nurture these free thinkers, keep them safe and let other girls know that they to deserve an equal chance at life.

I highly recommend this movie to reflect on the lives of women around the world who are not as fortunate as you. Be inspired by their stories. The movie also does a great job telling you how you can get involved and help. Visit their website to find where you can view the film. There are currently 791 screenings nationwide but if there is not one in your area, you can also apply to host one.

What movies have you watched lately?

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