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One Night Only Screening of Documentary Girl Rising - April 23 at the Nevada Theatre


By: Nevada City Film Festival, The Friendship Club

NEVADA CITY, Calif. April 2, 2013 – On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club will bring a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Nevada County with a screening of the anticipated film Girl Rising at the Nevada Theatre. Following the film there will be a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one-night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and 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 movie is the centerpiece of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world that have faced arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.

In the film, we meet unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; Ruksana, an Indian "pavement-dweller" whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter's dreams; and little Wadley, just seven when the earthquake in Haiti razes her home and school. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala, Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls' stories, each in their own style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous.

"Educating girls is multifaceted and I believe the work The Friendship Club has done over the last 18 years to educate girls about the opportunities that are available to them is just as critical to their development as educating girls around the world," said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of The Friendship Club. "In our Country our children may seem to have a world of opportunities available to them but they face different barriers that keep them achieving their true potential. Any awareness we can bring to the challenges girls face in our community, our country and our world is a step toward improving the lives of all girls and in turn, all children."

"Girl Rising is about the world-changing power of educating girls," said Holly Gordon, Executive Director of 10x10. "I am incredibly moved by the hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations who have stepped up to bring this important film to movie theaters and communities around the country. Girl Rising is the centerpiece of our global campaign, and these organizers are the foundation. Together, they are driving transformative change one community at a time."

Girl Rising premiered on the eve of International Women's Day, March 7, 2013. The film is being shown in hundreds of theaters around the country – including here in Nevada City – as a result of passionate organizers stepping up to captain screenings on demand in their local cinemas.

Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales go to support girls' programs around the world through the 10x10 Fund for Girls' Education. The Fund goes to 10x10's high-impact network of non-profit partners and leaders in girls' education: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.

10x10 was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. 10x10 is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations — all working to change minds, lives, and policy. 10x10's coalition of NGO partners include a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls' education. These organizations provide life-changing services to girls every day, and are among the best practitioners of their kind. 10x10's film, Girl Rising, has been acquired by CNN Films and will be broadcast on CNN in the summer of 2013.

The Mission of The Friendship Club is to engage, educate, and empower girls at risk in Nevada County. This year-around program serves up to one hundred girls in sixth through twelfth grades annually. The girls come from all areas of western Nevada County and have been identified by local educators and counselors as girls who need extra support in their lives. Girls in the program face different and challenging situations at home and at school but also demonstrate a desire to be involved in creating a better future for themselves through hard work, getting involved in their community, and making healthy choices. The work of The Friendship Club is strongly supported by the local community. Most of the funding comes from individuals and businesses in the area. Over two hundred community members volunteer to help The Friendship Club accomplish its mission.

Now in it's thirteenth year, the Nevada City Film Festival and its Magic Lantern Film Society presents a year-long program including a four-day film festival in late summer that celebrates independent film and filmmaking, and hosts filmmakers from around the world. Nevada City Film Festival also supports local filmmaking with the Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project, which brings together budding young filmmakers and local musicians, and the Young Filmmakers Grant.

What: Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club present "Girl Rising"
When: Tuesday, April 23rd
Where: The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Doors 530pm, Film 6-7:45pm, Guest Panel Discussion 7:45-8pm
Tickets General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
To Purchase Tickets go online to http://gathr.us/screening/2525


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