EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – There will be a screening of “Girl Rising,” a documentary about overcoming odds and empowering women, for Eastchester High School students Wednesday.
The film was created by 10x10, an international campaign to educate and empower females. Each story is narrated by famous actresses, including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Alicia Keys.
It tells the stories of nine girls from around the world who face – and overcome – a series of obstacles so they can continue their education. The women fight for their livelihoods in countries that have severely restricted women’s rights.
Faatima Campbell, who helped arrange screenings at other high schools, said that it is an important film for girls to watch.
“It carries a powerful message,” she said. “The stories take the audience around the world, to learn about girls who are striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits and demonstrating the extraordinary strength of the human spirit to overcome the odds.”
Women documented in the film are shown struggling with principles such as teen marriage, sexual abuse and the deprivation of education among other conflicts.
The premiere of the film will be presented by the High School Human Rights Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the high school. There is a requested $5 donation that will be used to benefit the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up program.
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