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A film by Richard E. Robbins

Runtime: 101 minutes

Closed Captioning included

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About this film

Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl - and the world.

Nine unforgettable girls – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits – spotlighted in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. With stories by nine celebrated writers, voiced by nine renowned actresses including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek, Girl Rising introduces Sokha, an orphan who rises from a Cambodian dump to become a star pupil; Suma, who writes music to endure forced servitude in Nepal; Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own needs for her dreams; and six other heroines. The girls are unique, but the obstacles they face are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls in the world who dream of going to school, what they want most is to be students. Now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.


"GROUNDBREAKING" - The Huffington Post


"One of the hottest CAUSE Docs in Years" - The New York Times


"The documentary every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them." - Entertainment Weekly


The Educator's Edition Includes: 

- The feature film, broken into chapters for classroom use

- A comprehensive Teacher’s Guide

- More than a dozen video “extras”


The Film: 

Closed captioning provided, as well as subtitling for the following languages:

English SDH, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi, Simplified Chinese, German

*Standard DVD format is NTSC 'All Region'. If you are located outside of the US or Canada and are in need of a PAL formatted version, click here to proceed.



Sokha - Cambodia

“This is not the end. It is the beginning”

Wadley - Haiti

“I will come back every day until I can stay.”

Suma - Nepal

“Change is like a song you can’t hold back.”

Yasmin - Egypt

“He was strong but I was stronger.”

Azmera - Ethiopia

“What if a girl’s life could be more?”

Ruksana - India

“That’s when I learned to never give up.”

Senna - Peru

“Poetry is how I turn ugliness into art.”

Mariama - Sierra Leone

“Now there’s nothing to stop me. Nothing in the world. Nothing in the universe.”

Amina - Afghanistan

“Look into my eyes. Do you see it now? I am change.”


The Teacher’s Guide includes: 

- Country guides

- Issue guides

- Discussion points for each chapter

- Link to the free common core-aligned curriculum

- Call to Action


Video Extras include:

Film trailer

Director's Message for students and educators

Behind the Scenes series

Connect the Dots

Walking to School

Let's Dance

Girl Rising Voices

Meet the Writer series

A portion of proceeds from DVD sales will be donated to the Girl Rising Fund, which distributes funds to Girl Rising’s nonprofit partners that deliver life-changing services to girls in the developing world every day.
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