Live from Sundance: A Glimpse at "Girl Rising"

World Vision's Joan Mussa and Women of Vision partner Judy Bergman at the Sundance Film Festival.Photo: Judy Bergman

World Vision’s Joan Mussa and Women of Vision partner Judy Bergman at the Sundance Film Festival.
Photo: Judy Bergman

This week at Sundance, the world was introduced to Girl Rising, the incredible story of 9 girls from 9 countries. Women of Vision partner Judy Bergman, from the WOV Orange County chapter, attended the festival and here she shares her enthusiasm for this ground-breaking film. Find out how you can be a part of the Girl Rising movement here.

WOV: What impressed you about this film?

Judy: I am thrilled to see an organization like 10×10 and a company like Intel care about the subject of educating girls around the world which World Vision has been doing since their beginning. The enthusiasm of the crowd at the Girl Rising reception at Sundance was most encouraging to me as a WOV! [Through my travels] I’ve personally seen small girls working in garbage dumps, in brothels, out in villages far from the cities, in slums not only in Kenya, but in Cambodia and Viet Nam and as homeless street children. The stories are true and this beautiful film tells the story that shows what poverty does to the girl child and how an organization like World Vision transforms a girl’s life by educating her. Although the film’s primary purpose is to help the viewer understand the critical importance of educating a girl, it does so by touching upon several “girl child” issues that World Vision deals with every day.  So, I think of it as much more than a film about the importance of educating a girl, and very central to what we care about.

WOV: Tell us about the relationship between Women of Vision and 10×10 at Sundance.

Judy: The film team told us that World Vision is a key strategic partner, partly because of our experience. They highly anticipate what Women of Vision can do in terms of getting the word out and distribution!

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