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Movie 'Girl Rising' coming to Aurora

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Submitted by Adriana Francois

"Girl Rising," a movie about the lives of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, is coming to downtown Aurora this August. Adriana Francois, one extraordinary local, is bringing the movie to the big screen at Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd.

Francois helped to bring the movie that is changing lives to the Randall 15 IMAX earlier this summer, and now she is bringing the film to downtown Aurora for two weekend screenings.

Francois, a customer service representative for AGCO Parts, worked with her employer to bring the powerful documentary to Batavia on a Thursday night in June.

AGCO purchased the tickets through Gathr Films, an online site that brings films to local movie theaters once enough tickets are purchased through the site. If a minimum number of tickets are reserved through Gathr, then the movie screening is "tipped" and the film can show at the venue selected.

Tickets to "Girl Rising" can be reserved for either of the 3:30 p.m. screenings: Saturday, Aug. 17, or Sunday, Aug. 25, by visiting the Gathr links at gathr.us/screening/4800 or gathr.us/screening/4796.

Copley Theatre is an intimate 216-seat theater located inside of North Island Center across from the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora.

"Girl Rising" spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from a life in the garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian "pavement-dweller" whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter's dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country: Marie Arana (Peru), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal), and Loung Ung (Cambodia). These stories are narrated by celebrated actresses: Cate Blanchett (Haiti), Priyanka Chopra (India), Selena Gomez (Sierra Leone), Anne Hathaway (Afghanistan), Salma Hayek (Peru), Alicia Keys (Cambodia), Chloe Moretz (Egypt), Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep (Ethiopia), and Kerry Washington (Nepal).

"Girl Rising" also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, with original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe. The film is the centerpiece of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls. Explore the film in detail at www.girlrising.com.