By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood March 9, 2013 at 10:09AM
Girl Rising, a film by director Richard E. Robbins, focuses on the stories of 9 girls from 9 different countries each showing the power of education and the strength of the human spirit.
Each story is written by a famed author from the same country including authors Marie Arana, Edwidge Danticat, Mona Eltahawy, Aminatta Forna, Zarghuna Kargar, Maaza Mengiste, Sooni Taraporevala, Manjushree Thapa, and Loung Ung. Their stories are narrated by celebrities from Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington to Selena Gomez.
Robbins feels that the film is a new way for impact filmmaking: Girl Rising is about the formative impact education can have on a girl's life.
Girl Rising's nine stories represent millions of girls who deserve to go to school, but can't. Thanks to the remarkable organizing efforts of people around the country, Girl Rising will be seen by thousands around the nation who've demanded a screening. This is a new model for impact filmmaking, and one we hope can help us get girls into school.
The film is the centerpiece for 10x10--a campaign to educate and empower girls around the world. Holly Gordon, executive director of 10x10, released a statement about the film.
This is an exciting moment for 10x10, which has built a movement around educating girls. It is particularly poignant that we launched our campaign on the eve of International Day of the Girl, and will release Girl Rising - the centerpiece of our campaign - on the eve of International Women's Day. The movement has matured, and as a result, we've been able to crowdsource Girl Rising into hundreds of movie theaters across the nation. I urge people to continue to request screenings, and turn awareness into action by supporting the 10x10 Fund for Girls Education.
Girl Rising is screening in New York and Los Angeles through March 15. It is also using a demand based platform, Gathr, to organize screenings nationwide.