By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 6, 2013 at 2:16PM
CNN Films has announced that Girl Rising, the groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, will debut on CNN and CNN International on Sunday, June 16 at 9pm ET.
The film is the centerpiece of 10x10 – a global action campaign to educate girls around the world – and documents the extraordinary stories of girls from across the globe, fighting to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams.
In the film, each girl’s story is told by celebrated writers from their individual countries.
Additional narration is provided by Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Freida Pinto, Selena Gomez and Liam Neeson.
The film focuses on the power of education to change the lives of girls around the world. Girls face barriers in education that boys do not, but educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. “Girl Rising” highlights statistics that offer insight on those barriers, and illustrates the lasting impact of education on girls, families, communities and nations.
Leading up to the premiere, CNN Digital is offering special coverage of the film along with stories on the power of education at www.CNN.com/girlrising. There, users can access op-eds, photos, original reporting and behind-the-scenes articles about the film.
On the day of the premiere, users will find a profile on each of the girls in the film, as well as a live blog encouraging conversation.
CNN Digital will also publish open letters from influential women on the importance of education to empower girls around the world, and CNN iReport will invite readers to write their own letters.
Here's a preview of its first acquisition, Girl Rising: