GirlRising Coming to a Theater Near You


GirlRising, a documentary film profiling nine girls from around the world as they struggle to get an education, will be shown on Thurs. March 5th at 3:30 p.m., including a presentation by local group, Education for the Poor, and followed by a reception with a panel of students from our International Education Program at Cypress College.

The film is being shown in honor of International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th, and to highlight the fact that Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old Pakistani girl who worked to get women the right to an education, was shot in the head by the Taliban this past year. Yousafzai was the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, receiving the award at the age of 17.

In addition to the film screening, local group, Education for the Poor, will be presenting an opportunity to college-age students. They are looking for volunteers to go to Vietnam during the summer to teach English to impoverished children. Volunteers will pay for their own flights, but for the five weeks they are volunteering, this organization feeds and houses them, and takes them sight-seeing.

Following the movie, a reception will be held in the Humanities building where students from our International Education Program here at Cypress College will sit on a panel and share some of their knowledge about education for girls.

Mary Forman, Professor at Cypress College said the event should be fun, educational, and uplifting. She adds that it is impossible to watch GirlRising and not be inspired by the girls’ desire to gain knowledge.

The film screening of GirlRising will be shown in Humanities-131 at 3:30 p.m. To learn more about this remarkable film and to see a preview, go to

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