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Screening: Girl Rising
Thursday, March 21, 2013
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Nifkin Lounge, Marshall Hall, 1 Forestry Dr., Syracuse, NY 13210
The first-run feature film tells the stories of 9 individual girls "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. Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and other celebrated actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer."
The film is rated PG-13 because it deals with some of the elements of the serious issues that the girls have faced in their lives (e.g., sexual violence, AIDS, and homelessness). However, nothing graphic or explicit is shown (no nudity, swearing, or violence). Parents should take into account the maturity of children younger than 13 as some subject matters may just go over their heads. Two heads of schools previewed a rough cut of the film and believe it appropriate for 6th grade and up.