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CANDLES, Indiana State to screen 'Girl Rising'

November 5, 2014

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will collaborate with Indiana State University to screen "Girl Rising," the 2013 film that launched a global campaign for girls' education.

The screening, part of CANDLES' "Be the Change" film and speaker series, will take place at 6 p.m. Nov 18 in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area at Indiana State. It will be followed by a discussion with Elonda Ervin, the university's diversity officer.

"Girl Rising" journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.

Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

The film's producers say educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Educated girls stand up for their rights, marry and have children later, educate their own children, and their families and communities thrive. Yet millions of girls around the world face barriers to education. Removing barriers such as early marriage, gender-based violence, domestic slavery and sex trafficking means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all.

The documentary was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. The film has been screened by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms and private homes worldwide.

"Girl Rising" is also a movement that embraces the words of activist Malala Yousafzai: "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution." The movie is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations - all working to change minds, lives, and policy.

"Girl Rising" works with a network of nonprofit partners who are working on the ground: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, and World Vision.The film screening is made possible in part by support from Indiana State University's department of economics, the women's studies/gender studies program, interdisciplinary programs, Cunningham Memorial Library, and University College in conjunction with the Fall Read.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on the east side of Seventh Street, across from the New Theater.

Contact: Dorothy Chambers, program director, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 812- 234-7881 or dorothy@candlesholocaustmuseum.org

 

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CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will collaborate with Indiana State University to screen "Girl Rising," the 2013 film that launched a global campaign for girls' education. The showing is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Cunningham Memorial Library.

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