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Unite offers Darien chance to see Sundance Film of female empowerment

Updated 5:23 pm, Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Unite the World with Africa, LLC, and its youth group, Global Girls and Guys Unite, will host a screening of "Girl Rising," an independent film about the global movement for girls' education, on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at the Darien Playhouse.

The film, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, was created by 10x10act.org and directed by Academy Award-nominated Richard E. Robbins. It follows the lives of nine girls from Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Peru, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Haiti and Egypt. Renowned writers from each of the girls' countries wrote their stories.

Voice-overs from celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys and Anne Hathaway are featured in the film.

" `Girl Rising' is about the world-­changing power of educating girls," Robbins said in a release. "When I set out to make this movie, I wanted to give voice to girls who are fighting for a better future in spite of very difficult circumstances. Their powerful stories have been amplified by remarkable writers like Edwidge Danticat and the voices of Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and other talented actresses."

Anne Wells, the creator and executive director of Unite, said the groups are excited to bring the movie to people in the area.

The common cores of the two organizations, Unite and 10x10act.org, were similar in their journeys to bring a greater understanding of the education of girls and women in other areas of the world, Wells said.

Proceeds raised will go toward two of Unite's partner schools in Tanzania, the Mungere Secondary School and the Tumaini Junior School.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. To purchase tickets, email Wells at anne@unitetnz.org.

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