UCA creates partnership to support new film

UCA’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership students and faculty, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement, UCA English and Political Science faculty, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, and the UALR Office of Campus Life are bringing a screening of the new film Girl Rising to Little Rock.

It will be screened at the UALR Student Service Center Auditorium on May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. Girl Rising premiered on the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened at hundreds of theaters around the country.

Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances, capturing their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.

For the UCA community, bus transportation to and from the event has been arranged. Riders will board in front of Reynold’s Performance Hall/Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center at 4:45 p.m., and the bus will leave promptly at 5:00 p.m.

Following the film, women leaders in the field of business, education, politics, and health will be present to discuss the state of women’s education at the national and state level. Panelist include: Susie Marks, Senior Vice President-Programs Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Linda Beene, Senior Vice President Martin-Wilbourn Partners; Stephanie Harris, Communications Counsel Arkansas Supreme Court; Anna Strong, Director of Health Care Policy Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, and Lynnette Hammons Watts, Executive Director Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is at the center of 10×10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

Donations will be taken to support girls’ programs around the world through the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. The Fund is distributed to 10×10’s high-impact network of non-profit partners who are working on the ground: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.


10×10 was founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation. 10×10 is built on a foundation of partnerships with NGOs, corporations, policy makers, and grassroots organizations — all working to change minds, lives, and policy. 10×10’s coalition of NGO partners include a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls’ education. These organizations provide life-changing services to girls every day, and are among the best practitioners of their kind. 10×10’s film, Girl Rising, has been acquired by CNN Films and will be broadcast on CNN in the summer of 2013.