• Released
  • March 7, 2013
  • (One-week exclusive release: April 19-25)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 41 min
  • Documentary
Girl Rising Synopsis
The stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices.
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The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Though some of the writers inject a force of metaphor and strength of voice, no one would confuse the movie with a short-story collection....
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Los Angeles Times

By Glenn Whipp
The film's re-creations, some involving actors and some the girls themselves, aren't always successful, but the truths at their core are...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While its mixture of cinematic styles is awkward more often than not, Girl Rising deserves points for at least trying something different...
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Village Voice

The stories, shaped by anecdotal brevity, are often charmingly modest. Only an insistence on blandly inspirational rhetoric and a series of...
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The idea behind Girl Rising is strikingly simple and even more strikingly imaginative.
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Girl Rising

By hc99031
This movie is powerfully moving and uplifting in that it challenges those of us who are so very lucky to become involved somehow to try to make things better for all girls who have very little hope. ...

Feminine Power

By ltraband
"Girl Rising" is very powerful in that it enables us to enter the daily lives of 9 exceptional young women. It portrays the courage it takes for an increasing number of women to stand for freedom...


By sjrenfroe
This was so empowering. I wish I had seen something like this when I was a young girl. I loved hearing their stories and how they overcame such incredible odds. It was fascinating to see where they...

Girl Rising

By alluvz2fish
I have 2 sisters, 1 older 1 younger. Because of the way my elder sister took care of me and my other 2 siblings, I wished for a daughter 3 times! I wasn't fortunate to have any, I got 3 sons. I am...

Girl Risking

By schark66
Heartfelt gratitude for including Haiti in this film. This is a must see for all mothers and fathers around the world. Hopefully, the release can reach a larger target area!...

Girl Rising - A True Must-See

By Chuck_Crumpton
Girl Rising is well worth seeing for all audiences, young and old, and it does an outstanding job of showing how critical the support for girls' educational opportunities is to all of us....

Civil Rights Movement for Girls

By mmhowards
This movie is so timely and even more meaningful if you check out the Campaign that goes with it - see 10x10act.org or Girl Rising on facebook....

Girl Rising

By lindasjogren
This movie was so tastefully done, with its message to the audience loud and clear. Most appealing was that it was highly successful without the need for graphic details about the horriffic and...

"Girl Rising" rocks!

By figling
This movie is a must-see for women everywhere! I would love to see it shown in schools nationwide. Beautifully shot and imaginatively presented, the heart wrenching stories about girls in third world...

Girl Rising

By mariadudley
A wonderful documentary! I saw it two times and got teary throughout the whole thing, since it was so touching and affects you so deeply..... See it!!!...

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Rated PG-13 | For Disturbing Images and Thematic Material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful docu explains why all girls need an education.
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