Ground breaking Girl Rising to screen

A FILM which seeks to change the world – one story and one life at a time – will screen in Kiama  this month. 

Girl Rising is an internationally acclaimed feature film. 

Directed by Academy Award-nominated Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising highlights the stories of nine girls born into unforgiving circumstances such as poverty, forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender discrimination and lack of access to health care. 

Their stories are narrated by celebrated actors such as Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep. 

Girl Rising, which was previewed at the Sundance Film Festival, opened in America in 2013 on the eve of International Women’s Day.

It also features original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.

The film continues to be screened on demand in theatres throughout the world, and its distributors have partnered with World Vision for its Australian distribution. 

The Ss Peter and Paul Justice, Ecology and Peace group has invited the community to a screening of Girl Rising at Ss Peter and Paul School Hall on Saturday, September 13. 

‘‘We just try and raise awareness of different issues in society that need highlighting,’’ group member Marie Milne said.

‘‘Seeing the film is so worthwhile.’’

The film will be screened at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Afterwards there will be comment and questions with Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey  and Dr Eman Sharobeem, both of whom were finalists in the 2013 NSW Woman of the Year. Dr Rodgers-Healey is executive director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, while Dr Sharobeem is chief executive of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service.

Light supper will be provided; please bring your own mug.

Donations are welcome with proceeds going to World Vision.

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