A new documentary about young girls breaking free from oppression screens for free in East London.
In the West, we take education for granted, with discourse focused on the state of schools, the application of the curriculum and the constant focus on test scores. Richard Robbins' new documentary, Girl Rising, offers insight on the realities of education systems far and away from the built up urban metropolises of Europe and the US.
We discover that there remain locations across the globe where girls are excluded from the necessity of an education down to antiquated laws and patriarchal traditions. The stories collected in Robbins' film present the rising up of various plucky (female) individuals to claim what should rightfully be theirs: a full and diverse education which would result in the same social, professional and familial opportunities as their male brethren.
Yet Girl Rising is no straight documentary. In order to visualise the plight of these pre-teen tearaways, a star-studded cast of Hollywood royalty have lent their redoubtable talents (and voices) to the project. Names on the banner include such luminaries as Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett and Selena Gomez.
Of course, this isn't simply a film about breaking the shackles of inequality, it also looks at the ill-treatment of young girls across the globe and ways we can act to prevent its spiralling into the future. And this exploitation and violence is usually a direct result of the oppressive circumstances they are force to live under.
Girl Rising is screening in association with Intel at 6:45pm on Monday 15 July at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.
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