Girl Rising, celebrating the power of education, premieres Saturday in Doylestown

Girl Rising, from Academy Award winning director Richard Robbins, is a story of empowerment through education. It is also nine different stories, of nine girls from far-flung corners of the world who face daunting social and cultural obstacles – extreme poverty, arranged marriages, child slavery --  but find a way out through education and their own resilience and smarts.

The film, which features narration by Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and others, screens Saturday, March 9, 10 A.M., at the County Theater in Doylestown. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who grew up in Afghanistan -- where women are forbidden to go to school but who gained an education by disguising herself as a boy -- will present the film and field questions after the screening. A graduate of Middlebury College, she is now Managing Director and co-founder of the of SOLA (School of Leadership -- Afghanistan). Tickets are $10, available at The County Theater, 20 E. State St., Doylestown. Info: 215-345-6789, or