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#We Will Rise (03:04)


Isha Sesay, Meryl Streep, and Michelle Obama will travel to Africa to promote the "Let Girls Learn" initiative. Families in Liberia survive on a few dollars a day. Sesay has witnessed the struggles of young women on the continent. (Credits)

Marrakesh, Morocco (05:27)

Streep describes how her grandmother did not have the right to vote. Obama prepares to depart for Africa. Sesay meets Raphina Felee, a young woman who earns her room and board by cleaning her uncle's home and studies late at night.

Female Education in Morocco (03:57)

Physical challenges obstruct women from getting an education; 40% are illiterate. Project Soar is a privately funded program to educate girls in a remote area. Hanan explains why girls disappear from school five days every month.

Cultural Celebration (04:08)

The mayor asks if Hanan's father is aware she is participating in the documentary. During Ramadan, people fast for 15 hours. Streep attends Iftar with the family.

Problems Affecting Girls (03:23)

Janet Jackson sells donuts to pay for schooling. Girls in Liberia cope with sexual harassment, exploitation, and the pressure to marry early. Jackson sings a song for Sesay.

Education Success (03:04)

Fawzia Tukar attends university in Morocco and is about to graduate in language studies. Streep explains how the student went on a hunger strike to obtain an education.

Influences for Obama (04:00)

Obama's parents keep her motivated. In Marshall, Sesay meets Tina Brown, a student whose brother's education is prioritized over hers.

Preparing for the First Lady (02:14)

Sesay prepares the girls who will meet with Obama. Freida Pinto will moderate.

Obama Women in Liberia (03:39)

Sesay and Pinto welcome Obama; Malia and Sasha soon arrive. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attends the meeting.

Female Education Obstacles (04:42)

Obstacles include the Ebola crisis, lack of support, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure, and paying for an education. Obama daily brings a level of passion, confidence, and trust to the First Lady position.

Meeting in Morocco (04:05)

Sesay travels with the First Lady. Obama describes how remarkable the women were at the Let Girls Learn meeting. Streep travels to Ouarzazate in the Atlas Mountains to visit with Karima Lakouz.

Dar Diaffa, Marrakech (07:17)

Streep, Sesay, and Pinto prepare for the meeting. Obama meets with Lakouz and other women who discuss challenges women face to obtain an education.

Credits: We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls (00:29)

Credits: We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls

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Around the world, more than 62 million girls are not in school, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As girls grow into adolescence, cultural and familial pressures often make it harder for them to stay in school, though educating women correlates to lower rates of infant mortality, increased GDP, and greater economic security for families. CNN Films has produced a new film about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay. Singer Andra Day’s motivational anthem, ‘Rise Up’ will serve as the theme for the film. Sesay, a native of Sierra Leone, who has passionately covered Africa and issues related to women and girls on the continent throughout her career, guides viewers of this poignant film through a moving and motivational journey. In Marrakesh, Sesay, the First Lady, Meryl Streep, and Freida Pinto met with dozens of adolescent Moroccan girls who shared their stories and their dreams. In Liberia, Sesay, Pinto, and Mrs. Obama met with several girls who told their extraordinary stories, and later, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf surprised a group of impressive young women who are motivating each other to stay in school.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL183764

ISBN: 978-1-64481-879-4

Copyright date: ©2016

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