“Women are one half of society, which gives birth to the other half. So, it is as if they are the entire society”
What if half of the society lost it rights and cannot speak up for itself?
Girl rising is a movie produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon. Directed by Richard E. Robbins. The movie is about nine girls from nine different countries. However, the movie uses actors and narrators instead of the original persons due to safety issues.
The documentary is reflecting the huge contrast in the life of educated and not educated girls in developing countries. Showing us the importance of education, and how it can change lives.
Wadley from Haiti, Suma from Nepal, Yasmin from Egypt, Ruksana from India, Senna from Peru, Mariama from Sierra Leone and Amina from Afghanistan. Those girls had many things in common with many girls in their society. Their childhood where stolen from them. They even had no right to go to school. But the only thing that was uncommon is that they stood for their rights. They wanted to live and become successful.
Today in 2017, it is hard to imagine that in some places there is still girls working instead of going to school, girls that get married at young age, there is even girls who are sexually assaulted at a daily basis; and there is nothing their family can do about it. We are living a life full of goy where we have our rights. But at the same time there is girls/women who literally faces horrific and tragic issues in every second of their lives.
All the girls’ stories well make you tear up. But there is one of the stories that got me shocked. It is Amina from Afghanistan.
To start off with Amina story it is important to understand that women in Afghanistan get statues of being a bearer of boys. Since giving birth to a girl is not that great, Amina did not have a great life either. She started learning how to do housework since she was 3 years old. Her age is not mentioned in the story. But she was absolutely under 15 when her father arranged her a marriage from her cousin. To get to marry her, her cousin had to pay 5000 USD to her dad. This money was used to buy her brother a car. How could the world be so unfair? The tradition has the power to make a human life more worthy than the other.
Amina’s struggle did not end here. She even got pregnant and gave birth to a child at a very young age. Although the number one cause of girls death in the age between 15-19 is child birth, the lack of knowledge and education in developing countries is the reason why this issue is still common. We all heard so many horrible things about the situation in Afghanistan. But it is not possible to let your imagination go this far. Women are not treated like humans anymore. The oppression they faced put fear into their hearts, so they cannot speak for themselves anymore. The society prefers boys among girl. This makes it easier to see how injustice and cruel our people could be. The fact that it is not only Amina whose facing this but millions of girls, sends shiver through my body.
Education could have stopped those girls sufferance. Them knowing their rights would give them enough courage to stand up for themselves. In addition, they can build a society with a better economy.
The documentary “Girl Rising” aims to illuminate the terrifying situation in the developing countries. They want to show the girls power and how much they can change if they were educated.
During the film, we saw how some of the girls stood up for themselves and completed their education. We also saw the contrast between different societies. The hard living made them even stronger. Although every girl’s story brought me tears, it is very hard to have empathy for them. It maybe because I have never experienced something as terrible. With me living in Norway (A high developed country) it is nearly impossible to be able to empathise. On the other hand, sympathy was a leading feeling through the whole movie.
To sum up my review, the movie was informative and educational. In my opinion, the way in telling the girls story was very appealing that it made it easier to follow along till the end of movie. Telling true stories by playing the most on pathos and tying them up with facts was a strength side.
I would recommend this movie to you if you want to get a clearer image of what’s going on in the world. If you feel your life is difficult, you got to look on those girls lives. The movie will make you see everything from another perspective.