We meet obstacles everyday on our path. Sometimes we just have to stop, meanwhile other times we have to find a way around the problem.
Rising Girl is a powerful documentary produced by Kayce Freed. It was made to show how difficult and hard it is for girls to get educated, but also showed the benefits of educating girls. The movie itself introduces nine stories from nine girls. These girls are from all around the world, and they share their difficulties that they have experienced in their countries through the stories. They talk about their struggle for freedom, school education and the rights to speak up.
The story that made a great impression on me was Suma’s story. She tells us about the differernt hardships she had to go through, already at the age of six. At the age of six she was already bonded into child labor and had to work all day instead of doing things that a six year old would normally do. When you are six years old you are not supposed to be working, but playing around with other children instead. Sadly, labor and child labor are quite normal in many countries, especially in Nepal which is Suma’s country. Meanwhile her brothers got to go to school, she had to work. When they were learning and got to go home to their families, she was still working and had to live with her masters. But instead of crying and begging to her family to take her back, she endured it. Suma endured it by expressing her sorrow through music and lyrics. To me it shows me just how strong she was. She used something that people will call a passion and changed it into a little stray light of hope. It gave me the impression that no matter how much hardships you go through, you can always find a way to solve them. Because she was able to change the life she was living into something better. She was able to stand up for herself and the others that needed it around her.
«One girl with courage is a revolution». To me this phrase implies that as long as there is one that believes, there will be many more on the sidelines that will fight and possibly win. Even though it feels like nobody is there for you, there is always someone. That, one person is enough to start a revolution, a new beginning and an opinion can change into something so much bigger than it already is.
The girls telling their stories are all facing different difficulties and circumstances. As much as i want to say that i empathize, it is very hard to do so. Because these girls are facing things that we couldn’t even imagine to put ourselves in. Watching it is a whole other scenario than actually experiencing it. Day to day they have to live by the fact that they are not able to be educated and they don’t have the same equality as the other gender. They have to experience all these circumstances just to get a saying in this case. While for example we in Norway get almost everything served on a plate. We get education, freedom and experience equality between the genders everyday. Meanwhile they really have to work hard to just get a bit of it.
The messages that i really think that will resonate is that not everybody is able to do what they want. People struggle and instead of looking at them meanwhile counting our money, we should help them instead. We should help them and then make a change so everyone is able to experience the same things in life.