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posted: 3/5/2014 3:29 PM

'Girl Rising' to be shown at CLC as part of International Women's Day

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College of Lake County

In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, the College of Lake County Center for International Education will screen the film "Girl Rising" on Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) following a reception from 6-6:30 p.m. outside the auditorium. A second showing will be held on Wednesday, March 5 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Room C002.

The public is invited to watch the inspiring film that was sponsored by CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), the world leader in international education and exchange. "Girl Rising" tells the stories of nine girls who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, "Girl Rising" journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

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After the screenings, audience members may participate in a facilitated discussion designed to stimulate critical thinking about the film's themes and generate new ideas for taking action. CIEE is partnering with the global movement for social change, Girl Rising, to screen their groundbreaking feature film at 1,500 locations around the world.

Each girl's story is transformed for the screen by an acclaimed writer from her native country. Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and other celebrated actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

According to CIEE, around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. Yet extensive research shows that educated girls live healthier lives, earn more, and help reduce conflict in their communities. Together, CIEE and Girl Rising are working to "change minds, change lives, and change policy" by eliminating the barriers to education for girls in developing nations.

"The College of Lake County believes in the power of education to change the world," said Beth Tinkham, manager of the Center for International Education. "By hosting this event in Grayslake, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers-- such as child marriage, sex trafficking and gender violence--that prevent girls from going to school. We are proud to be part of this growing movement, helping raise visibility for these issues in Grayslake along with thousands of other cities worldwide."

CIEE is the world's leading nonprofit, non-governmental organization sponsoring international education and exchange programs. For more than 65 years, CIEE's mission has been to develop and deliver international programs and support services to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. To learn more, visit www.ciee.org.

For more information on this free event, contact Beth Tinkham at btinkham@clcillinois.edu or (847) 543-2069.

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