Deborah Mazon – WNN GlobalARTS
(WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Breaking the barrier between just viewing a film and actually creating humanitarian action surrounding human rights issues for girls, CNN FILMS has launched a new on-air platform to live stream the new film “Girl Rising” in hopes that global change for the world of girls and women can come as quickly as possible in a revolution that can ignite one community and ‘one house at a time’.
Premiering originally on March 6, 2013 on the evening before International Women’s Day, the film “Girl Rising” has been screened in hundreds of movie theatres and auditoriums across the United States. Now international viewers, as well as additional viewers inside the U.S., have an option to see a live on-air streaming of the film this Saturday June 22, 2013 as CNN encourages its viewers to “Host a House Party with a Purpose” worldwide.
Partnering with advocacy organization as well as “Girl Rising” film director Richard Robbins for 10X10 – Educate Girls. Change the World., CNN is providing a wide media platform for 10X10’s film production mission to, as they convey, “create a paradigm in social issue filmmaking.”
“A girl is not defined by what society sees. A girl is defined by what a girl sees inside herself,” echoes the 10X10 mission, which is co-sponsored by Intel, The Documentary Group, and Vulcan Productions along with the work of CNN Films.
Chronicling the stories of girls around the globe who, given a fair chance to further their education and their life, will do so, the hope is that this documentary film can reach the widest audience possible. Working with NGOs – Non-Governmental agencies like World Vision, UNICEF, A New Day Cambodia and numerous others, “Girl Rising” shows how girls can make lasting changes in their personal life, local communities and beyond. “Girl Rising” also has a star-studded U.S. Hollywood cast of narrators for the feature-length documentary, including award-winning actor-narrators Salma Hayek, Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, among others.
“If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope; reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future,” said Meryl Streep after the premiere release of the film was made last March.
Documentary film depiction is one of the most powerful ways today to bring the issues of human rights and humanitarian efforts to the attention of the public, agree numerous activists and filmmakers, as well as award winning news media like WNN – Women News Network, who sponsored a March 2013 United Nations panel event on the topic of the use of film and arts activism to stop global violence against women.
“Film can be a huge motivator for on-the-ground actions,” outlines Lys Anzia, founder and current editorial news advisor for WNN. “There is no girl in the world who, when given a chance, will say she doesn’t want to go to school to follow her dream,” Anzia continued. “This film by 10X10 depicts a strong message that girls worldwide from all walks of life deserve to have their dreams become a reality.”
As 10X10 hopes to bring important issues for global girls into homes across six continents, they are also sharing educational background information with additional resources for those who host “Girl Rising” in their home. A pdf with a menu of recipes from the same countries where the girls depicted in the film are located is also available to film hosts. This is to give a home hosted on-air streaming party an option to also have prepared food that works to engage a community to join in fully.
Throughout the world advocates continue to see how millions of girls have been exploited, excluded and kept down by their own societies worldwide.
“Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable,” outlines UNICEF in a factsheet summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Right now 77 million girls dream of going to school, says the 10X10 “Girl Rising” production tea,. Today’s global girls are not just made up of data and statistics, they are individuals in their own right who, when given a chance, can make a huge difference for all of us.
“142 million girls will marry over the next decade. That’s 38,000 girls married every day for the next 10 years.” says the ICRW – International Center for Research on Women as they share heartbreaking statistics.
Too many girls in developing countries continue to face extreme levels of family poverty, as tempting financial rewards can still come to a family if they marry off their under-age daughters. A husband’s dowry for an often unwilling daughter is the valued prize for a family that needs money desperately.
Desperation, traditional cultural views and the low value of women and girls are often the precursors of early marriage, as ‘too many’ daughters face life as a young brides.
Early marriage for girls in developing countries, much like teenage-girl marriages in developed countries including Canada, Europe and the United States, can stop a girl quickly from continuing her education.
Azmira from Ethiopia is one of the girls who is depicted in “Girl Rising.” Shown as a young intelligent girl who has come from a traditional family she faces being forced into marriage early. Only because of the support of a devoted older brother, and her own courage to speak out against forced marriage, is Azmira able to side-step her own fate in becoming a child bride.
It all comes down to one simple formula: little to no education equals a continuation in generations of family poverty.
“If we unleash the potential of the world’s girls and young women, we will unleash a powerful force that will bring lasting change to all corners of the globe,” is a quote by Michelle Bachelet, former leader and Executive Director for UN Women that has become part of the film production.
Up-close stories covering nine girls from India, Ethiopia, Haiti, Peru and Cambodia are depicted in vivid and inspiring detail in the film.
“CNN Films will bring distinguished, thought-provoking documentary programming to our global audiences on all our television, online and mobile platforms,” outlines CNN Worldwide Managing Editor Mark Whitaker. “We want these documentaries to tell compelling stories and stimulate important discussions across CNN’s other programs and websites.”
For more information about how you can host your own ‘Girl Rising House Party’ on Saturday June 22, 2o13 link HERE
“One reason we made Girl Rising is because of the 66 million girls around the world who can only dream of getting an education,” says producers 10X10. “But, as we traveled the globe making the film, we were struck by the powerful energy of the girls who are in school — their enthusiasm, their spirit, their sheer joy. The pride they take – in their uniforms, in their schools, in their studies — is infectious, and you won’t be able to resist the rhythm of their feet as they walk to school and march into a better future,” continued 10X10.
In La Rinconada, Peru, considered by some to be the highest city in the world, filming for “Girl Rising” brought the film crew to some of the harshest conditions they had ever encountered in the high mining town. It’s also one of the most lawless, desolate places on earth. Senior Producer Martha Adams walks us down as narrator through the muddy roads of La Rinconada, a challenging place to film if there ever was one. During the process they discovered Sena, who lost her father in a mining accident. Before he died he instilled in his daughter that education was the pathway to freedom. “I will be triumphant,” she told the 10X10 film crew. make it off this mountain one way or the other,” Sena continued. This video is part of the archive in making of the documentary film “Girl Rising” by 10X10act.org. Photos by Gina Nemirofsky, 10×10.
For more information on this topic:
- “Q&A with Director of Girl Rising Academy Award – Nominee Richard E. Robbins,” December 2011;
- “Girls in Mining – Research Findings from Ghana, Niger, Peru, and United Republic of Tanzania,” ILO – International Labour Organization, December 2010;
- “Early Marriage as a Barrier to Girl’s Education: A Developmental Challenge in Africa,” National University of Rwanda, October 2012.
Program Coordinator and Global Media Watch Officer Deborah Mazon for WNN – Women News Network has also reported on issues covering U.S. black civil rights, as well stories covering global humanitarian efforts and human rights for women and girls. Mazon also reports on Africa and the African diaspora in her online site called Mijiza’s Blog.
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