From Sierra Leone, from Peru, from
But the message is clear regarding the importance of education for girls in developing nations. School, as narrator Liam Neeson says in prosaic but factually persuasive lines, combats everything from illness to poverty to inequality.
"Girl Rising" matches each female subject with a well-regarded writer from the same nation. In some vignettes, the girls re-enact their own stories; in others, they're played by actresses; in others still, the animated segments offer another cinematic way in.
The chronicle of a Haitian
"Girl Rising" is clear-eyed about its accounts of sexual exploitation and rape. (One statistic cited on screen: 50 percent of sexual assaults committed worldwide are on girls younger than 15.) Each of the nine portraits features a different narrator, among them Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek and