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Girl Rising

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Jenny Lee, Richard E. Robbins, Gareth Smith & Chris Wilcha

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Plot Summary

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising - an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other esteemed actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and Grammy Award winner Lorne Balfe. The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in its own style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: No one would confuse the movie with a short-story collection. But it's more ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism than most consciousness-raising efforts. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, "Girl Rising" stands as a testament to the power of information. – Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, Mar 7, 2013

Fresh: Director Richard Robbins delights in dotting his screen with bursts of color, from a shimmering orange dress to the deep purple of a pen cap, while the stories, shaped by anecdotal brevity, are often charmingly modest. – Andrew Schenker, Village Voice, Mar 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

An excellent film about empowering girls

I've watched this with my two young daughters and we all found it alternately deeply disturbing and profoundly uplifting. The stories are very moving, and the message is powerful.

Worth watching

The stories need to be shared with young girls in countries where opportunities abound so they can connect with other their own age where life comes with a price. I enjoyed the cinematography and use of graphics to keep the viewer engaged.

Girl Rising
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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