The screening of the critically acclaimed film Girl Rising is part of a new programming line-up by CNN International.
Girl Rising, filmed before the well-known girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, follows several girls across the globe as they pursue education. Like Malala, these girls – who come from Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone – fight to overcome odds to realise their dreams.
Directed by the Academy Award-nominee Richard E Robbins, the two-hour film features voice performances by celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Chloé Moretz, Selena Gomez and Kerry Washington.
“This film gives visual corroboration to knowledge we already have: educating women and girls has the most optimistic, positive effects on families, communities and economies worldwide,” Streep said. “If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future,” she added.
Girl Rising will be broadcast on CNN on Saturday and Sunday. – IANS
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