'Girl Rising' to screen Oct. 11

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Center for International Studies, along with co-sponsors Woodring College of Education and Women’s Studies program, will play host to a screening of the cinematic release “Girl Rising” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, in Fraser Hall Room 4 on Western’s campus.

The screening, in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, is free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion.

The film tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, these brave girls offer hope and inspiration. From Cambodian orphan Sokha to Nepalese composer Suma and nomadic Indian Ruksana, each of these girls has an incredible story to tell as they strive to get an education and realize their true potential. Watch a preview of the film online.

Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neesan, Meryl Streep and Chloe Moretz narrate these inspirational profiles of nine girls from across the globe who vow to get an education despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their paths.

For information on “Girl Rising,” go to international.wwu.edu/girlrising.shtml or call 360-650-7544.