The critically acclaimed film, Girl Rising, premiered to a packed house last night at the Cinema Center. The film highlights the stories of 9 girls from across the globe to demonstrate the impact that educating a girl can have on her life – from creating the opportunity for individual freedom and happiness, to breaking the cycle of violence, abuse, and oppression, to kickstarting the cultural growth of a country!
The lobby was full of pink as people filed in. The OBRFW crew debuted the new 2014 hot pink t-shirt!
To guarantee you get a shirt, you can buy one for $10 (proceeds to our charity partners, of course) at our Lifting the Darkness fundraiser this Sunday at Wunderkammer. Or take your chances of being one of the 1 in 3 who receive one at the main event at Parkview Field.
Jonah Crismore of the Cinema Center introduced OBRFW’s Lori Rose while people were still filing into the theater. Thanks to Jonah and the Cinema Center and to David Lupke and Lupke Rice Insurance for generously sponsoring the event (you guys rock)!
After some thank you’s, Lori got the program started.
She first and introduced Matt Thomas’s beautiful and moving OBRFW “Why We Rise!” video. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t wait – go directly to the video and be thrilled! p.s. – we apologize, Matt, for “borrowing” your photo (below) of your video on the big screen.
And we moved right into the feature film. For those of you who may not be familiar with Girl Rising, we suggest you that you visit GirlRising.com for more information. You can even buy a DVD for home use or license the film for a group event like ours. The film is a cinematic pleasure and the storytelling (all true stories) is wonderful. We’ll concentrate on the facts of the issues for a second – here’s Girl Rising’s 10 Facts About Girls’ Education.
Sometimes we in the US tend to think that these issues don’t exist here. The US wasn’t one of the 9 countries represented in the film. But, they absolutely do – right here in Fort Wayne. To start a dialogue about the local impact we can make, Jordan Crouch of Crime Victim Care and Nicole Moore of Creative Women of the World led a discussion that continued until 11:30! We were especially proud of you girls in the audience who found your voice and spoke up openly – because, frankly, you are what this is all about! Kudos!
One Billion Rising Fort Wayne thanks everyone who came to Girl Rising last night. Please come visit us again on V-Day, February 14 at 5:00 pm at Parkview Field, to RISE once more.