Davidsonville Doc Hopes to Bring Film to the Area, ‘Girl Rising’

Today, your daughter might wake up and not want to go to school. There’s nothing unusual about that in America, or the United Kingdom or South Korea or Japan. But for 66 million girls in the developing world, its a far-off dream.

Take Sohka, a Cambodian girl who dreams of going to school. Instead, as an orphan, she picks through garbage to survive.

A new movie, Girl Rising, is part art and storytelling, part philanthropic adventure, part social activism. It seeks to get some of those girls an education.

A Davidsonville Girl Scout leader, mother of three and physician, Dr. Katherine (Melville) Prybys, is making a push to bring the movie to our area. Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, where Prybys works in emergency, specializes in sexual assault services and forensic exams.

Prybys said she wanted local girls to see the movie as a way to empower and educate girls about women’s rights and the power of education to change a girl, a community and the world. If she can get 100 people to commit to seeing the movie, it will be shown on March 10 at 1 p.m. Click here to register to see the movie.

Without 100 people signing up, the film will not be greenlit to show at the local movie theater. If you want to go to see this important movie, you’d better go and sign up!

The film is rated PG-13 (upper elementary age children with parent’s OK).

There’s Amina, an Afghan girl forced by her family to marry a much older man at the age of 11.

The movie is produced and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions. Its directed by Richard Robbins, an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker. Intel added funding, as did CNN. A-listers like Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayak and others lent their voice to the project. Here is the preview:

The film got off the ground after a Pakastani school girl, Malal Yousafzai, was shot last year. The act of violence against Yousafzai became the theme of a special event during the United Nations General Assembly meeting last September. The event highlighted the 32 million girls denied the opportunity to go to school. It focused on ways to ban child labor, child marriage and prejudice that keeps girls out of the classroom.

In Nepal, Suma watched her brothers go to school while she was forced into bonded labor at age 6. She gets a glimpse at freedom when she learns to read.

The movie follows nine girls born into unforgiving life circumstances. The film is the centerpiece of an organization, 10×10. The movie will premiere in New York City on March 6, on the eve of International Women’s Day 2013. The team that put the movie together includes an award-winning team of former ABC News journalists in association with The Documentary Group.

Prybys, who heads a troop of Girl Scouts from Davidsonville, Edgewater and Annapolis, said that she thought the movie fit well with Girl Scouts’ World Thinking Day (Feb. 22). For scouts, Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising, often centered around a specific topic, theme or world location.

In Haiti, Wadley was just seven years old when the earthquake hit. She is turned away from the schoool-house day after day. ‘I will come back every day until I can stay,’ she tells the teacher.

Funds raised from the film and fundraisers will go to 10×10′s network of non-profit partners around the globe that help to get girls an education.

Music for the film is a collaboration between Academy Award winning writer Rachel Portman along with Hans Zimmer.

Prybys’ date for the film is set for March 10 at 1 p.m. at Bowie Stadium 14, 15200 Major Lansdale Boulevard in Bowie. The Davidsonville/Edgewater screening group is online at http://gathr.us/screening/966. You must buy tickets in advance in order for the showing to be greenlit.

  • Click on our link http://gathr.us/screening/966
  • Register on the website
  • Reserve or purchase tickets (takes credit card information)
  • You will be notified when screening is confirmed.
  • 100 tickets sold = GREENLIGHT designation and confirmed screening.
  • Print tickets when you are notified of confirmed screening
  • Tickets are $10 each
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