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"Girl Rising" seeks education for girls around the globe


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The documentary "Girl Rising" spotlights girls like Sokha, an orphan from an impoverished region in Cambodia who becomes a student and dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure a difficult life in Nepal; and Ruksana, an Indian pavement-dweller whose father sacrifices his own needs for his daughter's dreams.

"It's a video all about educating women and girls and how that can have a positive effect, not only in their lives, but in the lives of their country, their people, the community, and overall, the world," says Mayo nursing student and film supporter Ashley Langford.

Rochester resident and nursing student Ashley Langford is searching for 100 people who want to reserve tickets to bring the film to Rochester.

"I requested a showing here in Rochester. It's on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wherenberg Theater. But, 100 people have to reserve tickets in order for the showing to happen," she said.

Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what these girls want most is to become students. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they are becoming teachers.

"Education is a huge piece to creating change but there's so many barriers that these young women face," Langford says.

Girl Rising is a film by academy award-winning director Richard E. Robbins, CNN and Gathr.

"Some of the proceeds go to the people they partner with who already have projects going on around the world," Langford said. "It fascinates me because these girls are so motivated and, a lot of times, I take my education for granted. And they've had to come through a lot."

Each girl is paired with a writer and storyteller from her native country. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other A-list actresses contribute voice performances to the film. To reserve your ticket, visit https://gathr.us/screening/1416


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