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'Girl Rising' Film Shows How Educating Girls Can Break the Cycle of Poverty


Suma, from Nepal, one of the young women featured in the film "Girl Rising." (Photo: screen grab)

If you can provide a girl in a developing country with just a few years of education, you can break the cycle of poverty in a way that reverberates throughout a community.

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That's the idea that inspires "Girl Rising," a new film by director Richard Robbins that tells the stories of nine such girls throughout the world, each facing unique challenges, and each story told in a unique way.

One of those girls is Suma, she lives in Nepal.

Suma grew up as a kind of bonded servant called a Kamlari. But when you see how the Kamlaris are treated, it's hard not to think of another word: slave.

She says Suma lived and work like a slave until she found a path to education.

Manjushree Thapa is a Nepalese writer who helped Suma tell her story for the film "Girl Rising."