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The Mount Screens 'Girl Rising' on Day of the Girl

Published Thursday 26th of September 2013 09:29:34 AM

A York girls� school has announced it will host the city�s only confirmed screening of an international film showing how empowerment of girls through education can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

The Mount School will celebrate the International Day of The Girl on 11 October by holding a public screening of the film �Girl Rising� from 6:30pm in the School�s main Hall. Tickets are available for purchase from the school�s office.

Principal Julie Lodrick said today, �We at The Mount are delighted to bring to York this important film which shows how investing in girls� education transforms families, communities and nations. The Mount is already committed to educating girls in Equatorial Africa through our involvement with Ibba Girls� School in South Sudan. Through this film we can �bring home� that message to our School community and the interested people of York.�

The innovative feature film, �Girl Rising�, journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. The film, from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, capturing their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.

As one of the girls says, �I feel as though I have power � I can do anything. And I have important things to do.�

Each girl�s story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country: Marie Arana from Peru, Edwidge Danticat from Haiti, Mona Eltahawy from Egypt, Aminatta Forna from Sierra Leone, Zarghuna Kargar from Afghanistan, Maaza Mengiste from Ethiopia, Sooni Taraporevala from India, Manjushree Thapa from Nepal, and Loung Ung from Cambodia.

Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Selma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloe Moretz, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington all contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

For further information, please contact Vanessa Charters at The Mount on 01904-667500 x 7802
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