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    The University of Louisville presents 'Girl Rising'
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    It's hard sometimes to believe that in today's progressive, more enlightened world, women still get the short end of the stick. Even in our country, successful and powerful women are defined in masculine terms, as if they have transcended their gender to become more than a woman, but a woMAN, as if femininity is inherently incompatible with greatness and success. At least in our country, women, generally, don't need to worry about basic rights. Women can vote, can own land, can have a career. Girls go to school alongside boys; everyone receives an equal education. This is great; this is important. There is perhaps nothing more essential to a successful society than proper education for all.

    Unfortunately, this is not the case throughout the world. There are many places – too many – where women are still second-class citizens and they need to struggle to receive anything resembling an education. The plights of nine girls from nine different countries are set forth in the new documentary Girl Rising

    , directed by Richard Robbins, who received an Academy Award nomination for his 2007 documentary

    Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

    . The film features voice-over narration from the likes of Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, and Cate Blanchett.

    The University of Louisville presents three screenings of

    Girl Rising

    throughout the rest of the week. The first screening is tomorrow, Thursday, at 12:15; it will also be shown Friday at 6:00 and Sunday at 3:00. The film screenings are free and will be held in the Gheen's Science Hall.

    Complete information about

    Girl Rising

    can be found at the film's website.


    Girl Rising


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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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