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Lexington mom hopes film about global inequities in education for girls will spur activism

November 4, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 04--Girl Rising, playing Wednesday at The Kentucky Theatre, urges local activism to combat the global problems of inequity in education.

The film highlights the struggles of getting an education for girls in nine Third World countries.

Each girl featured was paired with a renowned writer in her home country to craft her story. The film is narrated by an array of well-known Hollywood actresses, including Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington, the star of TV's Scandal.

During its nationwide release in April, the movie was shown at Regal Cinemas in Hamburg. Since then, filmmakers have encouraged communities to bring the film to local theaters.

Renee Boss learned about the movie while writing an article for the fledgling Lexington-based magazine Cake & Whiskey.

The fact that so many girls were denied basic access to education struck a chord with the mother of four boys, so she set out to see whether she could bring the film to Central Kentucky.

She arranged for a showing with The Kentucky Theatre through an online site called Gathr.com, she said. Billed as "theater on demand" on its website, Gathr.com offers a limited variety of films. People can request to bring a film to their area, and set up a time and date with a venue. If a minimum number of tickets are reserved before a deadline, the film can be shown. If not, the clock can be reset.

Girlrising.com joined with Gathr.com to offer the film but also makes the film available to nonprofits, churches and other community groups for a $350 licensing fee. The website also provides a step-by-step guide on managing a showing, plus printable posters, information sheets and postcards in support of the film's message.

Boss, who will hand out postcards at The Kentucky Theatre showing, said she hopes the film will inspire others to get involved in support of girls' education.

A portion of Wednesday's ticket sales will go to the Girl Rising campaign, which works with nonprofits in various countries that have established health and education programs aimed at girls.

"The nine stories (in the film) represent more than just nine girls," Boss said. "They represent thousands of girls."

IF YOU GO

'Girl Rising'

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6

Where: The Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.

Tickets: $10

Online: Girlrising.com. To learn about theater on demand, go to Gathr.com.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @bgmoms. Blog: BluegrassMoms.com.

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