In a quest to bring a private screening of the film “Girl Rising” to East County, Antioch resident Deborah Hicks is on a mission to presale a 100-tickets by May 30.
The film tells the stories of nine girls from around the world who face and overcome unbelievable obstacles on the path toward receiving an education. Girl Rising was created by Academy Award nominated director Richard Robbins and features performances from Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Salma Hayek and more.
Hicks states the film is scheduled to be shown June 13 at 7:30 pm at the Deer Valley Plaza. Tickets are just $10.
“We need people to preorder, and then the film is a go for June 13,” said Hicks.
Hicks first saw the film at the Jack London Theater in Oakland and knew instantly East County deserved its own showing and worked to set up a showing—then she realized there is a minimum preregistration requirement.
“It’s enlightening, educational, and I thought it would be nice the people out here to have an opportunity to see something like this. It’s not in all the theaters and can’t just catch it at any theater,” said Hicks.
She explained that by viewing this movie, it would help girls in middle school and high school with self-esteem and their identity because the stories shared in the movie are anything but life in East County. Her goal is to help young girls do better in school and think twice about how hard life can be outside of the United States.
“You are like, wow, did that really happen,” explained Hicks. “This movie is most definitely inspiring to young girls as well as father and daughters to understand what young girls have to deal with.”
Visit the website Girl Rising 10×10 and sign up as the deadline is in 13-days (May 30). Currently, 16 people have preregistered and still in need of 84 more.