Girl Rising, directed by Oscar nominee Richard E. Robbins is shining a well needed light on the issues that girls, especially girls in developing or poor countries, face. These problems are related to poverty, slavery, child labor, oppression, sexual abuse, no access to education, forced marriages and endless handfuls of other issues that impact their everyday life. The movie contains pills that are hard to swallow. It has hard facts you don’t want to know. Because being ignorant is more comfortable than being enlightened and knowing the truth, because the truth requires change. In the movie, we meet 9 girls from 9 different countries. Each girl with her own story, which has been written with the help of a notable author from her home country. The movie emphasizes the number of girls around the world who are missing from classrooms, and how education more girls would have life-changing effects and benefit the world as a whole.
The scenes in the movie make greater impact on you than other movies might, because it is all real. It has all happened to these girls, in real life. The movie also contains partly animated interludes, and in between the stories of the different girls, signs bearing statistics that will make the hair on your neck rise are held up by a group of multiracial girls from different countries and cultures, standing in a meadow. One of the facts being that 50 percent of sexual assaults in the world are on females under 15; there are 33 million fewer girls than boys attending primary schools.The movie includes stories like the one of a 7-year-old girl named Wadley. Wadley lives in Haiti with her mother, and loves going to school. Until one day, her life is turned upside down. Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake ruins her school and her home. Now, school is too expensive for her to attend, and she is turned away from the schoolhouse day after day.
Another one of the stories is about Xena, a Peruvian girl named after the Xena the Warrior Princess. Xena lives high up in the mountains of Peru. And her dad worked as a miner, digging for gold. One day he got sick and quickly after he died. This made her start writing poetry, to help take away some of the sadness she was experiencing. Xena’s dad always encouraged her to stay in school, because she had the potential to become something big, something extraordinary. So, she did.
There are narrators throughout the whole movie, some of them quite famous and recognizable, including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek.Although the movie is characterized as a documentary, it is way more exciting than most people would normally expect when they hear the word “documentary”.
The movie “Girl Rising”