The Hammer Museum, an institution dedicated to exploring the ways art can impact and illuminate our lives, is proud to announce its upcoming screening of the film, Girl Rising. This feature film is widely considered to be a groundbreaking work that focuses on the experiences of nine remarkable girls born into unforgiving, unimaginable circumstances. The screening will also include a Q&A session with Judith Bruce, chair of the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board at Equality Now.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, Girl Rising tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries, with each true story captured and composed by celebrated writers from each of the girls’ home countries. The film showcases the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity and harrowing gender inequalities. These young girls have experienced heartbreaking injustices such as child slavery, arranged marriages, poverty, and violence. Numerous renowned actors including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, and others narrate the film.
Girl Rising has become much, much more than a message captured by film. It has grown into a global initiative to raise awareness about issues that impact girls around the world, and one that advocates for education as a tool for change. According to the 10X10 Fund, which was developed to raise awareness in conjunction with the film,
“Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls’ education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. Centered by the new feature film, Girl Rising, Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate Girls and you will Change the World.”
If you live near Los Angeles, be sure to attend the screening of Girl Rising and accompanying question and answer session at the Hammer Museum. To watch the full trailer, and to learn more about the film and campaign, visit Girl Rising’s official website.
The film will be screened at the Hammer Museum at UCLA on September 19th, at 7:30pm. Admission is free.