Nine filmmakers each profile a young girl from a different part of the world to weave a global tapestry of youth in the 21st century. From a 7-year-old Haitian earthquake survivor to an Afghani child bride, these stories inspire and captivate.
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- Richard E. Robbins
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Girl Rising is an informative, educational documentary about the lives of impoverished girls living in countries where education for girls isn't a priority. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Richard Robbins (Operation Homecoming) and narrated by A-list stars including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Selena Gomez, the film explores the dangerous inequalities that girls and young women face in parts of the world. Some of the segments deal with intense and disturbing topics including slavery, child marriage, rape, and human trafficking. There are matter-of-fact discussions of these issues, but nothing graphic is shown.
- Sexual Content
- Mention of brothels as being the inevitable destination and source of employment for poor girls in a remote village in the Peruvian Andes. One section explains how child brides must be a certain age or they will be "split open" by their husbands.
- One of the girls recalls that she was raped, and nothing was done to convict her attacker. Another girl discusses how her father, a gold miner, died. And another explains how horrible it was to be a child servant/bonded laborer in Nepal. Most of the girls experience cultural and societal prejudice.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Girl Rising's message is loud and clear: Girls in many parts of the world don't have the access they need to attend school and receive an education. Many girls in the Fourth World are kept at home, offered up in early marriage, and even "sold" into forced labor. The movie stresses that the rest of the world needs to take notice and take action to help educate girls and free them from the literal and figurative bonds that keep them illiterate, uneducated, and subservient.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- One girl mentions that a grown man (who ended up raping her) offered her alcohol to drink.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it