Screening of 'Girl Rising' to benefit local GED Camp Program

abredeson@islandpacket.comMay 19, 2013 


    "Girl Rising" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. May 21 at Park Plaza Cinema on Hilton Head Island. Cost is $12. Proceeds will benefit the GED Camp Program and the "Girl Rising" project. Details: 843-715-0479, 843-785-5001


    A free GED Camp Program is offered at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. Classes will be held May 20-June 7 and Oct. 7-25. Details: 843-681-3696

While some girls complain about having to go to school and do homework, many others would give anything for the chance to learn.

Some girls around the world aren't given the opportunity to attend school. They are forced into marriage at a young age, sold into slavery, and sometimes even tortured or killed for trying to educate themselves.

A new film called "Girl Rising" tells the stories of nine girls whose lives are changed through education. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins, the girls' stories are narrated by such well-known actresses as Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys and Meryl Streep.

"Girl Rising" is a project of 10x10, a worldwide campaign to educate and empower girls, according to a press release. The message of the film is simple: "Educate Girls and you will Change the World."

The film premiered March 7 and will be broadcast on CNN and CNN International on June 16. It can also be seen at an exclusive screening May 21 at Park Plaza Cinema on Hilton Head Island.

"Women's education is very important," Park Plaza Cinema co-owner Lucie Mann said. "I think it's crucial that women get an education."

A portion of the proceeds of the screening will go to the "Girl Rising" project, and part will go to the local GED Camp Program.

Bill Raisch coordinates the GED program, which prepares people for taking the General Educational Development test. It is offered for free at First Presbyterian Church. Students can attend either morning or evening classes over the course of 15 days.

"All we're trying to do is open some doors for people and help them in their lives ... and to encourage them to pursue education," Raisch said.

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