Directed by Richard E. Robbins
2013 / Run time 104 minutes
20th Oct 2013; 5.45 pm
Perks Mini Theater
In connection with International Day of the Girl Child observed world over on 11th of this month , Konangal screens Girl Rising. Girl Rising tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India, and Cambodia). All of their stories reflect their struggles and triumphs to overcome societal or cultural barriers to go to school.
SOKHA in CAMBODIA - Sokha was a Cambodian child of the dump; orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. But, through a series of miracles, Sokha finds her way to school and, like a phoenix, rises to become a star student on the brink of a brilliant and once unimaginable future.
WADLEY in HAITI - “I will come back every day until I can stay.” Wadley is just 7 when the world comes crashing down around her. Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake destroys her home and school, but it cannot break her irrepressible spirit nor extinguish her thirst to learn, even as she’s turned away from the schoolhouse day after day.
SUMA in NEPAL - “Change is like a song you can’t hold back.” Though her brothers go to school, Suma is forced into bonded labor at age 6. The Nepali girl endures years of grueling work by expressing her sorrow in beautiful music and lyrics. Suma glimpses a different future by learning to read, the first step on the road to freedom.
YASMIN in EGYPT - “He was strong but I was stronger.” A young Egyptian girl falls prey to a violent attack but, rather than become a victim, she becomes a superhero. Yasmin’s is the story of the triumph of imagination over a reality too painful to bear.
AZMERA in ETHIOPIA - “What if a girl’s life could be more?” When 13-year old Azmera is told she must marry, she does something shocking; she says no. Meet an Ethiopian family where a brother champions his younger sister’s cause to be educated and to be free.
RUKSANA in INDIA - “That’s when I learned to never give up.” Ruksana’s family are “pavement dwellers” – living on the streets of Kolkata, India, where her father has sacrificed everything to send his daughters to school. Ruksana’s life is filled with danger but she escapes into her artwork and draws strength from her father’s resolve.
SENNA in PERU - “Poetry is how I turn ugliness into art.” Senna’s family struggles to survive in a bleak Peruvian mining town. Her father has dreams for her, and insists she go to school. There, she discovers the transformative power of poetry. Her passion and talent seem to ensure she’ll have a better future, and be the success her father dreamed she’d be.