Girls on the rise: Documentary to be aired in Nashua

Union Leader Correspondent
March 23. 2014 9:05PM

NASHUA — In an effort to empower young women and motivate them to reach for the impossible, the documentary “Girl Rising” will be shown this week in Nashua.

“ ‘Girl Rising’ is a very uplifting and inspiring film. For Women’s History Month, we wanted to bring something like this to the forefront in Nashua,” said Sandy Belknap, who sits on board of directors for the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire. “This viewing is designed to encourage girls to look ahead, do great things and get inspired.”

“Girl Rising” is a film from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins that follows nine girls from different regions of the world through heartbreaking stories of arranged marriages, sex trafficking and battles for educational rights. Despite their obstacles in the developing world, they overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams, said Belknap.

“In our own state, some people do not realize that we have issues as well, specifically homelessness for children. If people are aware of some of these challenges in their own back yard, perhaps they will pay a little more attention,” she said.

“Girl Rising” will be shown on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Chunky’s Cinema in Nashua. After the movie, a discussion will take place to brainstorm ways to make a difference in Nashua and throughout New Hampshire, according to Belknap.

Tickets are available in advance for $6 each, and may also be purchased at the door the night of the showing. The theater seats up to 190 people, and attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of toiletry items for the local Bridges organization, a nonprofit group that assists domestic violence victims.The film is rated PG-13, and mothers and daughters are urged to attend. So far, about 50 tickets have been sold for the screening.

Featured in the documentary is the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and survived to crusade for women’s education. Other girls from Afghanistan, Egypt, Peru, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Haiti and Cambodia are also featured in the film.

Fundraising Flicks and iUGO Nashua are helping with the local film screening efforts, with proceeds from the event going to the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, a public foundation that promotes women-led solutions to help females thrive in the community through various grants.

To date, the Women’s Fund has distributed more than $1 million in New Hampshire and about $150,000 in the Greater Nashua area to organizations like the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, the Front Door Agency, Marguerite’s Place, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and more.

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