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Richard Robbins / USA / 2013 / 100 mins / Khmer, Hattian Creole, French, Nepali, Arabic, Amharic, Hindi, Spanish, Pashto, English with English subtitles / Documentary
 Senior Audiences aged 12* to Adult


Girl Rising is a call to everyone, male or female, to take a stand for girls’ education. With 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school, and 66 million girls out of school globally**, Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to share a simple truth: that educating girls can transform societies. It mixes documentary and narrative filmmaking to show how education lifted nine girls from poverty. Narrated by A-list stars including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Selena Gomez, the film is part of a broader movement to help ensure that girls everywhere get an education.

* Year 6 and above recommended.
** World Vision, 2013 as quoted by producers of Girl Rising.


Exempt from Classification, Rated PG, HRAFF recommends for ages 12+. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. 


This event features a spoken word performance by Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa.

CineSeeds Youth Program Spoken Word Girl Rising

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a spoken word artist who inherently merges her advocacy background with the performing arts. Sukhjit’s writing predominatly surrounds stories of the Sikh diaspora, family, cultural confusions and gender. In 2014, she performed at the Sydney Opera House in the finals of the National Australian Poetry Slam. You may know her from her recent appearance on Australia’s Got Talent, where she performed an abridged version of her powerful poem ‘To Advance Australia Fair.’



The CineSeeds program consists of two films; one for juniors and one for seniors. Click here to view the junior film.

This is an event for young people and their parents. This youth- oriented film program will entertain and inspire by focusing on issues of human rights and social justice. It is an opportunity for attendees to form opinions and develop an understanding of issues that will shape the future for all of us. 

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

All proceeds from this event go to the HRAFF Schools & Community program.

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