Monday, March 17, 2014

A Must See Movie for Everyone, Especially Those with Daughters -- Girl Rising, Now Available on DVD (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


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"Meet nine unforgettable girls in the groundbreaking film that launched a global movement for girls’ education. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ stories into words; renowned actors give them voice. Academy Award®winners Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and others perform in Girl Rising, arriving on DVD March 4.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins (Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience), Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal, and Sierra Leone confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams.

Distinguished writers from each girl’s country were enlisted to bring the girls’ experiences to life, while an impressive line-up of actors, including Blanchett, Streep, and Hathaway, along with Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, lend voices to these stories.

Now everyone can bring home  “the documentary every mother, sister, daughter should see, as well as the men who love and support them” (Entertainment Weekly).  Parents can engage both daughters and sons with the inspirational film that points the way toward global citizenship.  The DVD contains the feature length film and much more - behind the scenes footage, interviews with the writers, engaging short videos and a director’s introduction.

Girl Rising was released in March, 2013 and made its highly celebrated broadcast premiere on CNN on June 15, 2013. More than 205 million people have seen Girl Rising on television, at private events, and in 8,000+ screenings around the world. From a rally at the World Bank to a conference in Kuala Lumpur to high-level screenings worldwide - at UNESCO, the Irish Parliament, the Pentagon, the Peace Corps and an ever-growing list - Girl Rising consistently engages the attention of global influencers, and supported more than 1,800 events for International Day of the Girl in October, 2013.


The film The New York Times calls “One of the hottest cause docs in years,” is the heart of a global action campaign for girls’ education that promotes this powerful truth: educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities, and entire countries - and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation.

For more information about how to be a part of the Girl Rising movement, visit girlrising.com."


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My Thoughts:

While my girls are still too young to watch this movie, this is one that I will definitely hold on to, so that I can share with them.  Last week, I ended up having a few moms over for a play date with the kids.  Usually we plan it so that the kids arrive for lunch, play for a bit and then take a nap together, leaving us to talk or try out samples I was sent to review. Prior to this scheduled play date, I kept talking about Girl Rising, and what a moving film it was, especially for parents with girls.  I told them that the next time we got together, that we had to watch this movie.  So, when they arrived for our play date and after the kids went down for their nap, we put this documentary on.  

Academy Award®winners Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway lend their voices to share truly inspiring stories of "Girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Peru, Nepal, and Sierra Leone confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams."  This documentary, directed by Richard E. Robbins does an amazing job at opening our eyes to the struggles minority women face when it comes to getting a proper education, and ultimately making strides to change the world and get out of poverty once and for all.
 

While I really wanted the moms in my mommy meetup group who had girls to watch this movie, we all agreed at the end of it, that it is a must see for everyone.  From dads of daughters to brothers and sons, everyone should take note of the Girl Rising Movement and support the girls in their lives.

In addition to this powerful documentary, this DVD also included behind the scenes footage, interviews with the writers who were enlisted to pen the stories of each of the girls from the various countries shown in this film, to other short videos and an introduction from the director.  You will want to make time to sit with your family, especially your daughters, and watch "Girl Rising." 

Once you see this inspirational story, you will want to join the growing movement and call to global action to help promote education for girls in developing countries, so that they can once and for all break the cycle of poverty, when given the necessary tools, including a proper education.

This movie would make for a great lesson for homeschooling parents, a viewing party at your local church or child's youth group, or by sharing with family and friends.  I love passing around DVDs like this to friends and family, and hearing their reactions to these powerful and moving films.  

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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