Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Chloe Grace Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep have joined forces for a unique project: Girl Rising.
Narrated by the stars, the documentary film, which debuted a sneak peek Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, spotlights the impact access to education could have on the lives of young girls in developing countries — and their local economies. The film, which follows nine girls in places like India, Peru, Haiti, Ethiopia and Cambodia, is directed by Oscar nominee and Scandal writer Richard E. Robbins and is part of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower underprivileged girls. The film's most alarming statistic? There are 66 million girls who are not in school.
"Many women around the world continue to struggle for equality in education," Hayek said in a statement. "I hope Girl Rising raises the visibility on a global level for this fundamental issue."
Girl Rising, which is still in post-production, will premiere on March 7 in New York and Los Angeles via CNN Films.
In addition, with the help of Gathr, a company that crowd-sources film distribution, Girl Rising could literally hit a theater near you. The process is simple: After registering with Gathr, moviegoers can request a screening of Girl Rising at a local theater. If enough people purchase advance tickets, the screening will take place. Click here for more details.
"I'm proud to be part of a film that brings stories about real-life heroines around the world to movie-going audiences," Washington said in a statement. "Their examples of strength and perseverance, against all odds, have the power to change the world."
Watch the trailer below. Will you check out Girl Rising?