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

An international documentary with narration by Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson and Kerry Washington, screens at the County Theater on Saturday.

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

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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