I saw some remarks on Twitter slamming Anne Hathaway for her “political statement” during her acceptance speech. My streaming site faltered, so I didn’t hear her full remarks, but this is the project she’s involved with: 10×10 Girl Rising. It is a campaign to educate girls, to keep them from becoming child brides, prostitutes, or just living a life in poverty. That’s not something I would have thought controversial or political, and it does fit with the role of Fantine.
At the center of the 10×10 campaign is an innovative feature film, Girl Rising, which journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. It captures their dreams, their voices, and their remarkable lives.
Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, and other celebrated actresses contribute voice performances to the film, with music by Lorne Balfe and Rachel Portman. By sharing their personal journeys, the girls of Girl Rising become our teachers.