On Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30, HRVHS Girl Up will be showing the first movie in their 3-part movie series at Hood River Cinemas. Difret won top awards at Sundance, Berlin, Amsterdam and several other film festivals. HRVHS Girl Up is raising money to combat gender-based violence in places like Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Liberia. They have set a goal to raise at $4500 to help support UN programs that are keeping girls safe. HRVHS will show one film each month December, January and February. Together with the UN, HRVHS Girl Up is working to prevent early marriage, teen pregnancy, trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence.
Difret is a powerful Ethiopian film (executive produced by Angelina Jolie) that shows how some longstanding traditions lead to the subjugation of women and girls. A young lawyer who travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation’s oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.
This 3- part movie series educates the community about the realities, struggles and often triumphs of girls around the world. In the past two years, HRVHS Girl Up has raised $44,000 to support girls in other countries. The money goes directly to the United Nations Foundation to support girls around the world in education, health education and empowerment. The movie will be shown at Hood River Cinemas at 6:30 on Wednesday, December 11. Thanks to the generosity of Hood River Cinemas, 100% of ticket sales go to the United Nations Foundation.