Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nollywood Star Kate Henshaw To Co-host "Girl Rising" Premiere in Nigeria

Kate Henshaw.

Kate Henshaw, the famous Nollywood diva will bring her star power to the Nigerian premiere of groundbreaking CNN film Girl Rising, on Friday October 11, 2013, to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Kate Henshaw will co-host the premiere of "Girl Rising" featuring Hollywood stars Freida Pinto, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Salma Hyak, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, and Liam Neeson who narrated this must see film.

The Nigerian premiere has attracted both local and international partners and supporters, including Zonta International, United Nations Information Center, Nigerians Report Online, Kiddies and Brands Company, Dobox TV and others.

“No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl,” said Freida Pinto.
"And this film is a wake-up call to world that it’s time to educate girls".
“Right now, 66 million girls are not in school, 14 million girls fewer than 18 will be married this year, that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds.”

Actress Freida Pinto.

Many who have watched the film in the U.S. got tears from the nine survival stories of girls in developing nations. Wadley in Haiti who seeks an education after the powerful earthquake, Ruksana who lives on the side of the street in India, and women in Afghanistan who get married at 11 years old. Each girl was paired with a renowned writer from her native country, and the stories show how education can change lives forever.

Directed by Academy Award-Nominee Director Richard E Robbins with original music is by Academy Award winner Rachel Portman in collaboration with Hans Zimmer, and other notable women supporting "Girl Rising".
“We had a woman DP behind the camera, we had a woman composer writing music, we had women designers doing visual effects, we had a woman editor, a woman producer – we really went out of our way as much as possible to practice what we preach and say let’s put women in power positions in all aspects of this project. With the exception of me, and a couple of other men, we were definitely a powered by women brigade,” said Richard.

The "Girl Rising" produced by 10x10 is more than a film as it is part of a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

“Our vision is to connect every person on earth so when you think about that, with millions of girls who don’t have access to education, we can’t achieve our vision. Even beyond that piece, it just really began to bother us that girls were being left behind, which meant their families were being left behind, their communities were being left behind and we are a global company of global citizens – and what happens to a girl in Peru, in Haiti impacts girls here in the United States," said Rosalind Hudnell, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Director of Education & External Relations at Intel Corporation, one of the co-sponsors of "Girl Rising".

“Girl Rising” has sold over 125,000 tickets in the U.S alone.
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