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VIDEO: “Girl Rising” screening June 6 at UNR


girl risingTwo local charities are teaming up with the University of Nevada, Reno to bring the movie Girl Rising to Reno on June 6, 2013 at 7pm. The film will be screened at the University of Nevada, Reno Community Health Sciences Auditorium. Tickets are available for purchase at www.thinkkindness.org/girl-rising.

When: June 6, 2013. Doors open at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm

Where: University of Nevada, Reno Community Health Sciences Auditorium

Cost: $10, with all proceeds going to charity


Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And, yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Removing barriers to girls’ education – such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to health care, and school fees – means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.


At the center of this campaign is an innovative feature film, Girl Rising, which journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. From Academy Award – nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It captures their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives.

Each girl’s story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country: Marie Arana from Peru, Edwidge Danticat from Haiti, Mona Eltahawy from Egypt, Aminatta Forna from Sierra Leone, Zarghuna Kargar from Afghanistan, Maaza Mengiste from Ethiopia, Sooni Taraporevala from India, Manjushree Thapa from Nepal, and Loung Ung from Cambodia. Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Selma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloe Moretz, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington all contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

By sharing their personal journeys, the girls of Girl Rising become our teachers. As one of them says, “I feel as though I have power…I can do anything. And I have important things to do.” Research shows that investing in girls can transform families, communities and nations. The girls of Girl Rising show us how.


The University of Nevada, Reno, Think Kindness and the Junior League of Reno are partnering up to increase awareness about the educational conditions surrounding young women throughout the world. However, rather than just showcase the 9 stories featured in Girl Rising, we will present opportunities for individuals to roll up their sleeves and make a difference to a specific child of their choice.

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