Girl Rising

Synopsis: The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.
Director(s): Richard Robbins
Production: Gathr Films
  3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
59
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
PG-13
Year:
2013
101 min
£849,484
Website
189 Views

new friend, Shelda.

A girl whose father had

been killed the week before.

He was a taxi driver and someone

had gotten into his car

with a gun and asked him to

get out.

He had refused and the

person had shot him.

Soon the moment came for Wadley

and her classmates to recite

big words from the history lesson.

Wadley watched some of her friends

recited or failed to recite.

The stammers, stutters and hesitations

seemed to her like a long poem.

A love poem to history.

Wadley!

"In overthrowing me

you have cut down

in Saint Domingue

only the trunk of the tree of liberty.

It will spring up again from the roots,

for they are many and they are deep."

That afternoon all

Wadley could think was...

It was the dry season when

wild flowers bloomed.

And these words seemed a perfect

beginning for her composition

and a fitting book end to her day.

For they seemed to emerge

somehow out of the dream

that she had been having that morning.

Wadley could not remember how she

and her mother got to the open field

near the University.

It was still the dry season but wild

flowers no longer bloomed.

In the tent camp she often heard the

most days that the adults say:

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust."

This they said when

they were finally resigned

to the fact that their missing loved ones

would never be coming back.

Life tried to return to normal,

except now her mother roamed

the city during the day

looking for friends and family

for whom to seek help.

And instead of school

Wadley went to the water

fountain with a bucket.

Every day now, as she passed

through the camp

and the ruins of her neigborhood

she tought about school.

Sometimes as she walked by

the rubble of the school itself

she tought she heard

the voices of her friends

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Marie Arana

Marie Arana (born Lima, Peru) is an author, editor, journalist, literary critic, and member of the Scholars Council at the Library of Congress. more…

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