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Girl Rising (Movie)

Wed, Oct 23, 7:00 pm
Whittenberger Auditorium

"Girl Rising" tells the inspiring stories of nine girls around the world and the importance of education in their lives. This groundbreaking film promotes a powerful truth: educating girls in the developing world can transform families, communities, entire countries – and break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. “Girl Rising” was highlighted at the recent USAID Education Summit in Washington DC and was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. The film “showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.” You can learn more about this film and watch the trailer here:


Amina was married to cousin at 11 (so father could buy a car for her brother) and pregnant before 15.

Written by Zarghuna Kargar.


Sokha was an orphan surviving on the garbage in city dumps until she found a school that took her in.

Written by Loung Ung.


Yasmin was raped by a stranger at 12 (who she drew a knife on after the attack).

Written by Mona Eltahawy.


Azmera said no to arranged marriage at 13. Her family supports her choice to continue her education and not marry.

Written by Maaza Mengiste.


Wadley’s mother loses her source of income following the earthquake. Despite not being able to pay her school fees, Wadley refuses to leave the newly created tent school.

Written by Edwidge Danticat.


Ruksana’s family chooses to live as squatters on the streets of Kolkata so the children can attend school.

Written by Sooni Taraporevala.


Suma was sold into slavery (bonded labor) at 6. She uses her education and music to fight for others’ freedom.

Written by Manjushree Thapa.


Senna’s father died in the gold mines. Her family lives in poverty. She discovered a passion for poetry in school.

Written by Marie Arana.

Sierra Leone

Mariama is the first in her family to go to school. Part of the post-civil war generation. She hosts her own radio show.

Written by Aminatta Forna.

Presented by Union Board Films and Building Tomorrow IU.