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CNN to air film about girls overcoming challenges

MUMBAI: 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 US 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.

“We are honoured to have the contributions of the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, Andra Day, and our own Isha Sesay, for this inspirational film,” said Amy Entelis, Executive Vice President of Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide. “These dynamic and accomplished women, each long-committed to the transformative nature of girls’ empowerment, amplify incredible stories of success despite challenges. We are delighted to share this hopeful film with our global audience.”

Sesay, a native of Sierra Leone, who has passionately covered Africa and issues related to women and girls on the continent throughout her career, guides viewers of this poignant film through a moving and motivational journey. In Marrakech, Sesay, the First Lady, Meryl Streep, and Freida Pinto met with dozens of adolescent Moroccan girls who shared their stories and their dreams. In Liberia, Sesay, Pinto, and Mrs. Obama met with several girls who told their extraordinary stories, and later, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf surprised a group of impressive young women who are motivating each other to stay in school.

A dynamic interactive section with additional resources about the topics explored in the film, including content about girls’ education around the world written by First Lady Michelle Obama, Freida Pinto, and Isha Sesay will be linked to and

‘We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World’ featuring Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and Isha Sesay is directed by Tony Gerber. The film is produced by Martha Adams, Beth Osisek, and Gerber of The Documentary Group. Courtney Sexton, Vice President of Content Development for CNN Films, is supervising producer. The executive producers for this film are Amy Entelis of CNN Worldwide and Tom Yellin of The Documentary Group and ‘Girl Rising’.

Airtimes: India
Tuesday October 11 at 330PM and 930PM (International Day of the Girl)
Thursday October 13 at 0630AM