A film that debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival will be screened for free to local audiences on Wednesday.
World Vision is presenting the premiere of “Girl Rising,” which tells the stories of nine young girls from nine different countries, all born into harsh and, in some cases, desperate circumstances, while exploring the vital role education can play in changing each narrative.
“The incredible girls in this film are facing challenges like arranged marriages, child slavery, and other injustices we only read about,” said Justin Reeves, the film’s producer. “But they all have a common ally, education. By getting an education, they’re all able to overcome these challenges to change the course of their lives, break barriers and transform communities.”
The film is narrated by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, include Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Chloe Moretz and Liam Neeson.
The screening at Famous Players at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre (8 p.m.) will be followed by an expert panel, including the film’s producer. A screening earlier in the day will be held at the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at the University of Manitoba at 4 p.m.
Tickets to both of the screenings are free and can be reserved online.