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Girl Rising

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GIRL RISING is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award® nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. GIRL RISING showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Featuring Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington.

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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra
  • Directors: Richard Robbins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: DOCURAMA
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GOT1244
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Patrick Robinson on December 28, 2013
Format: DVD
The hard truths this film reveals are life changing. It points to the truth that by educating girls we can literally change the world for the better in ways that nothing else can. No political system, no religion, no application of money, no war, no demographic shift. Absolutely nothing should be a higher priority because from THIS change all the rest will flow naturally. We can achieve political resolution, resolve religious differences, spend money more wisely, stop wars and most of all END the suffering of millions of women AND men on this planet. If you watch this film and fail to take action you don't get it. I was in favor of equal pay for equal work, in favor of the promotion of women to positions of power and equal treatment in all areas before I saw this film. But this message made me a hard core feminist. The way women are treated in EVERY nation needs to change. Let's fix this world. Let's educate every girl.
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This DVID strongly advocates for the education of girls as the key to freeing girls from the oppression of servitude, arranged marriages, sexual abuse and other tragedies which plague girls worldwide. The film introduces the viewer to 7 girls in approximately 10 min segments. Each segment is preceded by background facts pertaining to the issue addressed in the subsequent segment. The lives of these girls are poigniant examples of the tragic consequences which await millions of girls.

The filmakers have made every effort to present the real circumstances of each girl free of sensationalism. Because of the sensitive subject matter, the film is not appropriate for young children. The film is limited to the extent that all of the girls are black- or brown-skinned. No white girls are portrayed. The implicit message is that white girls do not have threatening life experiences while their colored counterparts do.

The quality of photography, script and graphics is high. Overall this film is an excellent resource for educating young people and adults about the issues which girls face.
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This movie is well-made, awesomely narrated, powerful, and approaches very difficult topics in a delicate, kid-friendly way, but not in a way that dilutes the reality of what these girls have experienced in their lives. I was brought to tears multiple times the first time I watched it; then I showed it to my 7th grade students and got a truly amazing response across the board. One of my 12 year old boys was begging me to let him borrow my copy of the DVD so he could watch it at home and feel free to cry while he watched (he was embarrassed to let his emotions go in front of his classmates). My students were all deeply touched by what they learned and it really got them thinking about how grateful they should be for what they have and QUESTIONING why things are the way they are in the world. A truly wonderful documentary for all ages and audiences.
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I saw this movie at a high school this week, and I look forward to showing it to friends in my home when it comes out in home version. It was an incredible piece of movie-making -- poetic, beautiful, shocking -- but also the message of many girls' situations around the world was very powerful. I hope many, many people will watch this movie and work to make a difference for girls everywhere.
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To preface this review, I showed the film as extra credit to an upper-level college course on the politics of race, class and gender.

Pros: The film does a nice job of bringing in stories to articulate the many ways that a lack of education can have detrimental effects on young girls and, as they grow up, women.

Cons: The overall presentation was pretty weak from both an educational standpoint and a motivational standpoint. The movie relies only superficially on the use of logos... very few statistics are actually presented to help drive home their points. Additionally, the movie seems to want to avoid the most depressing stories in favor of maintaining a dose of optimism... this isn't to say that the stories presented are exactly happy, but many of them have "happy-ish" endings (all things considered) or are presented in an odd fashion (highly stylized, artsy additions that make some stories come off as corny; a rape story that is presented in such an abstract way, via a cartoon, that some of my very bright college students didn't understand that the story was about rape at all!). Add that to the fictionalized presentations of the girls' true stories, and the voices of easily recognizable celebrities doing the narration, and the use of pathos simply fell, well, flat. Which on the one hand sounds terrible, because these girls have gone through absolutely terrible things (even those with the least sad stories are still terribly sad), but on the other hand is simply the reality of the matter-- if you study this kind of stuff, you've simply seen worse... much, much worse.
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Brilliantly conceived, beautifully photographed and imaginatively narrated with a great deal of depth and power. This documentary was recommended by a good friend, and I am profoundly grateful to have been able to purchase it so quickly on Amazon. I will admit that my viewing pleasure was somewhat curtailed by the fact that I watched it immediately on my PC, with far less than adequate sound reproduction. However, I am looking forward to being able to view it on a really good system; and even on the “small screen”, the cinematography was breathtaking and the various segments provided wonderful variety as well as great insight. The tone throughout the film, despite the horrendous circumstances for girls in some of the segments, was delightfully upbeat. The young women whose stories were chosen simply glowed with personality and character.
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