An exclusive screening of the full-length documentary “Girl Rising” will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Uptown Galaxy Theater, 4669 Point Fosdick Drive in Gig Harbor.
The fundraiser will sponsor World Vision’s “Strong Women, Strong World” program.
“Girl Rising”, a documentary released in March, features the story of nine women from nine different countries, including Sierre Leone, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Cambodia. Each of the girls tells a story that reflects their struggle and triumph that overcame their societal or cultural barrier to go to school.
Each changed their lives through education and didn’t let their plight or obstacles get in the way.
The film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, is narrated by Hollywood actresses Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Selma Hayek and more. It was funded in part by Paul and Jodie Allen of Vulcan films.
Film premiere organizer Scott Smalling and his mother, Peachy, the event coordinator, jumped at the opportunity to bring the documentary to Gig Harbor.
The Smalling family, Gig Harbor residents for more than 50 years, is enthusiastic about using the relationships with the community to help raise awareness for the film’s message to support the Strong Women, Strong World mission.
“The pieces fell into place,” Scott Smalling said. “Gig Harbor is such a great community with a generous spirit here. I felt the message of the movie would be good to see. It’s such a different world, and the story, told by women, is one we wouldn’t experience here in the harbor.”
The purpose is to show the success of education for women and the difference it makes in everyone’s lives by increasing awareness of gender equality.
“In my opinion, the single most significant thing that can be done to cure extreme poverty is this: protect, educate and nurture girls and women, and provide them with equal rights and opportunities — educationally, economically and socially,” said Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S.
Strong Women, Strong World promotes itself an answer for the need of gender equality. Doors open at 5:30 for a silent auction and raffle. Sterns’ book, “Unfinished,” will be for sale.
Cindy Breilh, national director of Strong Women, Strong World, will attend, preview the film and address the message of education and women. Hilary Sparrow, senior manager from Vulcan Productions, is also attending. Both women will be updating filmgoers on the status of the women following the screening and what is happening with the movement.
“I want to create awareness from the movie and how empowering education is to change someone’s life, especially women,” Scott Smalling said.
He encouraged moms to bring their daughters for the empowering message. The film is rated PG-13.
“It deals with mature themes without being too graphic,” Smalling said.
“Filmgoers still have a sense in the brutality of being a woman in another country that doesn’t value them or provide education for women,” he added.
The Smallings’ goal is to raise $50,000, and all proceeds will go to the Strong Women, Strong World campaign.
Businesses are sponsoring women to come to the premiere from the YWCA in Tacoma and the Jubilee Women’s Center. Seating sponsorship is available for the event.
For more information, call Scott Smalling at 253-312-0653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students 18 and younger. They will be sold at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/477738.