Freida Pinto, Priyanka Join ‘Girl Rising’ Initiative

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Indian actresses Freida Pinto and Priyanka Chopra have joined with Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez, Meryl Streep and other leading names to narrate the new documentary “Girl Rising,” which recently premiered in Los Angeles and screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world, who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. It is presented by 10x10, a global movement for girls' education in the developing world.

“No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl, and this film is a wake-up call to world that it’s time to educate girls,” Pinto said in a statement. “Right now, 66 million girls are not in school, and 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year — that’s 38,000 girls married today, and 13 girls married in the last 30 seconds.

”Sponsored largely by Intel, “Girl Rising” was directed by Academy Award winner Richard E. Robbins and will air on CNN this summer. For information about the film, visit www.girlrising.com.