CNN Films is airing a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions from First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, Indian actress and model Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. Singer Andra Day’s motivational anthem, ‘Rise Up’ will serve as the theme for the film. The Documentary Group, which created CNN Films’ first co-production, Girl Rising, also produced this film.
Around the world, more than 62 million girls are not in school, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As girls grow into adolescence, cultural and familial pressures often make it harder for them to stay in school, though educating women correlates to lower rates of infant mortality, increased GDP, and greater economic security for families.
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