Movie Review: Girl Rising
Published: Clarion Newspaper, March 20, 2013.
Don’t underestimate a girl’s power, especially when she has a dream. “Girl Rising” is a documentary film, directed by Oscar nominee Richard E. Robbins, that tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries and how they overcome adversity. Each story is written by a notable author from the respective country and narrated by well-known Hollywood actresses. Narrators include Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys.
“Girl Rising” shows the audience that, on the other side of the world, life can be very painful and scary for young females. In various places across the world girls still suffer discrimination, slavery, sexual abuse and other injustices. But amazingly, a lot of them manage to survive and win the battle against oppression.
The narration is strong and powerful. The authors succeed in telling the stories from the characters’ points of view. For example, the story of Wadley, a young Haitian girl, begins with her imagination running freely in the beautiful meadow, “Even the Hibiscus [tropical flower] look brighter when they’re happy.”