Filmmaker in town for ‘Girl Rising’ screening |

Filmmaker in town for ‘Girl Rising’ screening

A publicity still shows a scene from “Girl Rising,” which will be screened this morning at the Nevada Theatre.
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Celebrate International Day of the Girl with a special encore presentation of the groundbreaking feature film “Girl Rising” plus question and answer with Girl Rising filmmaker Ramma Mosley, Saturday, at the Nevada Theatre, presented by The Friendship Club and Nevada City Film Festival.

“Girl Rising” spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world.

This International Day of the Girl celebration will bring people together to raise global visibility about the importance of educating girls. It will be registered on the Girl Rising campaign map with the goal of capturing the attention of global policy leaders and inspiring them to include girls’ education on the post-2015 United Nations agenda, an important step for achieving educational equality for girls.

“The mission of The Friendship Club is to engage, educate and empower girls at risk. They strive to help girls reach beyond their circumstances and set goals for a bright future. We believe in the power of education to change not only a girl but the world,” said Jennifer Singer, executive director of the local nonprofit organization. “By hosting an International Day of the Girl event in our community, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent girls around the world from going to school. We are proud to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in our community alongside thousands of other events worldwide.”

Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award ­nominee Richard E. Robbins and is 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 film premiered in the U.S. March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day.

“If to see it is to know it, this film delivers hope reasonable, measurable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future,” said Meryl Streep.

Students, families, educators, civic leaders, and community organizers are encouraged to attend and stay for a discussion with Ramaa Mosley following the film. Mosley directed the Afghanistan segment of “Girl Rising,” which follows Amina, the young child bride who risks her life to bravely share her story. Attendees will learn about Mosley’s personal experiences in Afghanistan and about the situations girls are experiencing in other parts of the world.

Mosley made her first film at age 16, the documentary “We Can Make a Difference,” about global pollution’s effect on children.

The documentary was screened around the world and went on to win a United Nations’ Global 500 Award in Geneva, Switzerland. That same year, Mosley enrolled at Bennington College in Vermont, where she studied theater, literature and photography. Upon graduating in 1997 Mosley was hired by the Dutch government to direct a documentary on the Aymara Indians of Bolivia.

Tiffany Gray, a graduate of The Friendship Club and recent TEDxGrassValley speaker, will also share her own experience growing up in challenging circumstances and the steps she has taken to better her life.

The Friendship Club has also planned follow up discussions with their girls to encourage them to embrace the opportunities available to them in this country and continue to empower them to apply themselves in school and seek educational opportunities beyond high school.

Doors open Saturday at 10 a.m. for the film and discussion. The film will screen at 10:30 a.m. and the filmmaker discussion will follow at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for those 21 and younger. They are available at the door or in advance at BriarPatch Co-op. The Nevada Theatre is located at 401 Broad St. in Nevada City.

For information, visit, http://nevadacityfilm or

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