GIRL RISING with special guest Azure Antoinette, Global AmbassadorUSA | 2013 | 101 min. | Rated PG-13 | Documentary
A Film by Richard Robbins
Monday August 18, 2014
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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A Film by Richard Robbins
SPECIAL GUEST: MV Film Society and Featherstone Center for the Arts present Girl Rising with special performance by poet and spoken word artist: Azure Antoinette. Azure will perform the poem “Superhero” which Girl Rising commissioned.
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning Documentary Group, in association with Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions comes Girl Rising – an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world.
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film,which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer. The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in it’s style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers.
Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.
I would like to introduce you to Azure Antoinette:
Called “the Maya Angelou of the Millennial generation”, Azure Antoinette is a poet, spoken word artist, freelance photographer, and youth and arts advocate whose performance poetry explores the ways social media is reshaping humanity. In 2011, she founded an arts-in-education program that provides custom workshops to excite and educate teen girls on how spoken word, performance poetry, and social media can make an impact on the world. For this project and many others, she was included in Forbes’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the World issue in 2012 and was featured in a special section titled “Women Helping Women.”
For more information about Azure Antoinette: azureantoinette.com
"Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, "Girl Rising" stands as a testament to the power of information."
--Glenn Whipp, LA Times
"...more ambitious and effective at blunting cynicism than most consciousness-raising efforts."
--Nicolas Rapold, New York Times