Copley Theatre to screen ‘Girl Rising’
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media August 22, 2013 9:54AM
The movie poster for the film Girl Rising
♦ Aug. 25
♦ Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
♦ Tickets, $10
A new documentary made a powerful impact on a local woman.
It made so much of an impact that she wants as many people to see it as possible. Adriana Francois of Aurora is trying to bring the movie “Girl Rising” to the big screen this month.
“Girl Rising” is a powerful documentary by CNN Films about the strength of the human spirit and the value of education on a global scale. It features the stories of nine girls told to female writers from their own countries, narrated by esteemed Hollywood actresses, including Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins.
Tickets to “Girl Rising” can be reserved for the 3:30 p.m. Aug. 25 screening. A certain number of tickets must be reserved for the film to show.
Francois, a customer service representative for AGCO Parts in Batavia, worked with her employer to bring the film to Batavia on a Thursday night in June. AGCO purchased the tickets through Gathr Films, an online site that brings films to local movie theaters once enough tickets are purchased through the site. If a minimum number of tickets are reserved through Gathr, then the movie screening is “tipped” and the film can show at the venue selected.
Francois saw the movie in the spring at the Regal Cantera Theater in Warrenville.
“I left there inspired and a little burdened, because I have an education and what am I doing for my community? What am I doing for little girls out there?” she said.
“It was a great film that showcases how much little girls have to fight and struggle for an education, and they are going to keep fighting because education is important to them.”
Francois hopes the film inspires others to take action at the local level.
“It makes you think about your community. There are things we can start fixing or improving. Maybe we can get more little girls in science — or little boys. Let’s have this conversation.”
Each girl featured in the film is paired with a renowned writer from her native country: Marie Arana (Peru), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Aminatta Forna (Sierre Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal), and Loung Ung (Cambodia).
These stories are narrated by renown actresses: Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Priyanka Chopra (India), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan), Salma Hayek (Peru), Alicia Keys (Cambodia), Chloë Moretz (Egypt), Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), and Kerry Washington (Nepal).
“Girl Rising” also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, with original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.