United Nations Assoc. Film Fest

Oct 20, 2013


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Girl Rising has been described as encompassing “stunning cinematography matched with intelligent, almost poetic, monologues” (

Nine girls from nine developing nations. All of them struggling with poverty, inflexible cultures, and incessant obstacles. Girls Rising was launched by Intel Philippines one year ago with the desire to illustrate “the inspiring transformation that happens to girls and their communities when they are empowered by education” (Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Chilsolm).

Girls Rising is one of many films and shorts to be screen at the 3rd Annual UNA Pasadena Film Festival October 23rd and 24th. The event will open with a reception with the filmmakers at El Portal. Wednesday evening, the screenings start at 6:20 and three hours later, attendees will have experienced a New York iron worker who loses everything in Superstorm Sandy—including his surfboard (The Rider and the Storm); Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers forming a cooperative “to build peace and economic prosperity” (Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean); a five year old Ethiopian girl who almost succumbs to hunger only to become “the poster child for starvation” at Bob Geldof’s LiveAID (Birhan’s Story); “a determined husband works to address the dismal state of menstrual hygiene among women in India” (Rags to Pads); and the story of Grazie Orsolato who quit her job, moved to Kenya, and trained six girls in tailoring, enabling them to support themselves (Get Together Girls).

Thursday evening, six more shorts and features will be screened.

UNA Pasadena Film Festival
Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 23rd-24th, 6:15 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. respectively
Opening reception with filmmakers, Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. at El Portal Restaurant
Screenings at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7,
Tickets: $10 per night; $15 for both nights; $5, students (purchase tickets here)
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