WWCC to screen acclaimed documentary ‘Girl Rising’ on Nov. 7 Film spotlights worldwide stories of girls’ lives changed through the power of education

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ROCK SPRINGS – The Psychology Department and the Association of Non-Traditional Students at Western Wyoming Community College will sponsor a screening of the documentary film Girl Rising on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in Room 1302. A discussion of the film will follow. This evening program, entitled “Educate Girls, Change the World,” is free and open to the public, and community participation is strongly encouraged.

In Girl Rising, Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls who were born into unforgiving circumstances, but for whom education becomes a life-affirming force for change. Distributed by CNN Films, Girl Rising takes viewers on a journey around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit, underscoring the power of education to change a girl – and the world.

Marissa Vishnu-Mack, instructor of psychology at WWCC, said the film screening is intended to draw attention to the effects that education disparity can have on young women everywhere.

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“Sixty-three percent of the world’s illiterate youth are female,” Vishnu-Mack said. “There are 66 million school-age girls who are currently not going to school. Children born to literate mothers are 50 percent more likely to survive past age 5.”

But the film does not merely recount the sobering statistics, she said. Rather, it provides shining examples of how education can and will change the lives of young women all across the globe.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring this film to Western,” Vishnu-Mack said. “It is not currently commercially available.”

Western Wyoming Community College invites the community to attend this presentation of a very special film, and to join in the audience discussion that it is certain to generate. For more information, contact Instructor Marissa Vishnu-Mack atmvishnumack@wwcc.wy.edu.