Girl Ris­ing

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 11am, CNN (Also 11pm, Satur­day, June 22 and 11pm, Sun­day, June 23) If one sym­bol of the prej­u­dice, hos­til­ity, abuse, vi­o­lence and con­tempt young girls in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries face poked through our veil of in­dif­fer­ence re­cently, it would be the tar­geted shoot­ing last year of Pak­istani schoolgirl and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigner Malala Yousafzai. A Tal­iban sol­dier boarded the school­bus she was rid­ing in, asked for the child by name and shot her in the head. This bril­liant, mov­ing and ul­ti­mately up­lift­ing fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary be­gins with Malala’s story. Her great crime was to say pub­licly that all girls should be in school, a very danger­ous no­tion for some. Girl Ris­ing then moves on to pro­file seven girls from seven coun­tries, each matched with a skilled fe­male writer from her own coun­try. The sto­ries are then nar­rated by strong, es­tab­lished women. First cab off the rank is gor­geous eight-year-old Haitian Wadley, who ap­pears in the telling of her story, nar­rated by Cate Blanchett. The un­fair­ness of the way girls are treated in coun­tries in­clud­ing Afghanistan (Anne Hath­away), Ethiopia (Meryl Streep) and Peru (Salma Hayek) amounts to a cat­a­logue of shame. But the ge­nius of the doc­u­men­tary is in show­ing the value of ed­u­cat­ing girls who col­lec­tively find ways to rise above their op­pres­sion with­out bit­ter­ness or ran­cour.

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