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Screening of ‘Girl Rising’ to benefit international education funding

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

A benefit screening of the moving documentary “Girl Rising” is being organized at the Alamo Slaughter (5701 W Slaughter Ln.) via a group on the Gathr Films website. The movie, which is narrated by a group of actresses including Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep, details how 9 girls from around the world are empowered by education to overcome the poverty into which they were born. Following the world premiere of “Girl Rising” at the Sundance Film Festival, the Los Angeles Times called the movie “illuminating and ultimately hopeful” and a “testament to the power of information.”

The 7:30 p.m. screening on April 29 would be the first public screening in Austin of Richard Robbins’ documentary. In order for the event to take place, 50 tickets ($10) must be sold by midnight on April 10. A portion of the proceeds from the screening benefit Girl Rising’s 10x10 Fund for Girls’ Education, the non-profit arm of the film’s production. (You can see the full breakdown here.)

The proceeds will be distributed to the film’s partners A New Day Cambodia, CARE USA, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, and World Vision, all of which operate girls’ education initiatives that provide resources like scholarships, health care services and critical life-skills training.

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