Girl Up and Chicago Supporters Bring Groundbreaking New Film Girl Rising and Director to Community

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Hundreds to attend screening of feature film with Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins

Today, the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign and Daphne Ortiz, Gina Marotta and Molly Rudberg-Leshnock are bringing a global movement to educate girls around the world to Chicago with a screening of the widely-anticipated film Girl Rising. Hundreds of community members are expected to attend the screening at AMC Lowes (600 North Michigan). The event will feature a Q&A with Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins.

Girl Rising is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, with narrations by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington.

“Girl Rising spreads the message that educating girls can change the world,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, head of the Girl Up campaign. “We’d like to thank our partners at Intel who have helped us bring this important film to Chicago. Together, we are working with the local community to make a difference in the lives of girls everywhere.”

“We are thrilled to be hosting a screening in Chicago! We’ve rallied some amazing women for our host committee and we want this to be the ‘must-see’ film. We are grateful for the support from Intel, 10x10 and UN Foundation for helping make our event a success,” explains Ortiz.

Girl Rising is at the center of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls around the world. Girl Up is one of 10x10’s seven impact partners and will receive a portion of the funds raised through the 10x10 Fund for Girls’ Education. To learn more, please visit


About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Go to to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Andrea Austin
Girl Up, United Nations Foundation
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