The Cable News Network (CNN) has premiered a new documentary film about the challenges young girls are facing to achieve education around the world.
The film, ‘We Will Rise’, which is an initiative of United State First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, with support from CNN, was premiered on CNN on Tuesday October 11th at 7pm.
‘We Will Rise’, which was produced by CNN, features renowned journalist of Sierra Leonean decent, Isha Sesay, alongside Michelle Obama, Hollywood actresses Meryl Streep (Out Of Africa) and Freida Pinto (Slumdog millionaire).
Premiered on International Day of the Girl, the film was shot and features girls on locations in Monrovia, Liberia and Marrakesh, Morocco.
In the film, Meryl Streep set out on a journey to Marrakesh to highlight the challenges faced by young girls to acquire education.
Isha Sesay, on her part, was in Liberia where she followed young girls and their harrowing experiences to acquire education.
In the film Streep said: “Isha and I have come here to help the First Lady gained so many sight into what it will take to help girls rise up and claim their equal place in the world.”
She said she was inspired by her Grandmother to participate in this film. “What brings me here is my grandmother. She had three children before 1920 so she couldn’t vote (Women were given the right to vote in the United States in 1920.)
Isha Sesay’s parents are Sierra Leoneans. Her mother is the popular politician Dr Kadi Sesay. The UK-born CNN anchor said the issue addressed in the film for her is personal.
“I’m a child from the continent, I’m an African child whose parents came from humble beginnings, where grandparents weren’t educated. My mother sold ginger beer to help pay her school fees like some of these girls…,” Isha said in her opening scene in Monrovia.
She said she hoped she could help the girls tell their stories because she understood what they were up against.
The US First Lady said: “These girls are our change makers. Our future doctors and teachers and entrepreneurs. They are dreamers and visionaries who could change the world as we know it.”
CNN will do a repeat broadcast of the film on various days.