Art Alert: Screening of Girl Rising at the Bridges Cultural Centre TRAILER

Ahram Online, Sunday 3 Aug 2014

Directed by Academy nominee Richard E Robbins, Girl Rising will be screened in the Bridges Cultural Centre, Zamalek, on Tuesday, 5 August

Girl Rising

Produced by The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, and directed by Academy-nominated director Richard E Robbins, Girl Rising (2013) will be screened in Cairo's Bridges Cultural Centre on Tuesday, 5 August.

The movie looks into the lives of nine girls from nine countries, depicting their struggles and challenges, from child labour and slavery to arranged marriages.

Though each character is unique, facing different obstacles representative of different cultures and socio-geographical realities, they all share a common binding factor: perseverance, the will to live a better life, and a belief that change in their conditions will come through pursuit of education.

Throughout the movie, the producers aim at changing the way the world values the girl. "We use the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential," is stated at the film's official website.

Following one character at a time, the movie provides a series of unique portraits written by a number of scriptwriters.

The movie combines stories of Yasmine from Egypt (written by Mona Eltahawy), Amina from Afghanistan (written by Zarghuna Kargar), Senna from Peru (written by Maria Arana), Suma from Nepal (written by Manjushree Thapa), Ruksana from India (written by Sooni Taraporevala), Mariama from Sierra Leone (written by Aminatta Forna), Azmera from Ethiopia (written by Maaza Mengiste), Sokha from Cambodia (written by Loung Ung), and Wadley from Haiti (written by Edwidge Danticat)

Narrators include a number of internationally renowned artists such Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep and Alicia Keys, among others.

Tuesday 5 August at 7pm
Bridges Cultural Centre, inside the All Saints' Cathedral, Zamalek, Cairo
(Behind Marriott hotel, Zamalek)
Free Admission

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