March 14, 2013, 7:30 pm Spartan Stadium 16

Although the Spartanburg screening of Girl Rising is the only one in South Carolina to be hosted by Girl Scouts, there is at least one more confirmed showing in the state. To see if there is a screening near you, click this link and zoom in on the South Carolina map.






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Movie Details

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Richard E. Robbins (“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”) and Frieda Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has debuted his new feature documentary “Girl Rising,”

The doc spotlights the stories of nine girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Narration is provided by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Freida Pinto.

The film was previewed at Sundance with Robbins and Pinto attending the launch party. The film makes its theatrical debut on March 7 – the eve of International Women’s Day – with screenings in New York and Los Angeles.

The movie is the centerpiece of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls. In fact, the campaign drove the film rather than vice versa, and is reflective of a new genre of cause-related projects in which the goal is more than just having the audience watch a film.

The idea here is that around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. When you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

"‘With Girl Rising,’ I wanted to make a beautiful film that met three distinct goals: change minds, change lives, and change policy, around educating girls,” said director Richard E. Robbins. “The stories of these amazing girls are at once very typical and totally extraordinary. The response at Sundance was everything we could have hoped for.” Robbins was inspired to make the film when he became a first-time father with the birth of his baby girl. The film is a hybrid of a documentary and narrative film, involving both interviews and scripted dramatizations. Each of the nine real-life girls’ stories are narrated by a celebrity actor and is written by renowned writers from the girl’s native country. Freida Pinto was inspired to participate in the project because “ ‘Girl Rising’ gives me hope for the future of our girls that they will have a chance to explore and achieve their full potential. That they will make the ignorant part of society value their existence and that they will be proud to be born a Girl!,” she said.

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