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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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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I teach a group of young ladies. I look for inspirational movies for them to watch. They absolutely loved this movie.Published 1 month ago by Monay
Great movie, excellent portrayal of the lives of girls around the world, a must see for everyone!Published 2 months ago by Paulette Green-Johnson
I teach Sociology and World History and it gives a perfect description of what life is like and continues to be in many parts of the worldPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Many examples of educational challenges for girls around the world. Girls introduced. Data frames. The value of affirmations.Published 3 months ago by lei