Tessa Thompson and David Oyelowo Join Brave Girl Rising
Star actors to voice Warsan Shire’s poetic screenplay
Girl Rising has partnered with the International Rescue Committee, Citi, HP and Amplifier to create a film and campaign around the story of one courageous young woman named Nasro. Brave Girl Rising, to be released this March on International Women’s Day, is written by the poet laureate Warsan Shire. In our previous blog posts, we explored the refugee crisis and took you on-location for the filming in Dadaab Refugee Camp. In today’s post, we introduce you to two Hollywood actors who lend their voice and stature for good.
In years past, when producing our other film chapters, Girl Rising has turned to the finest talent in the world. Meryl Streep voiced Maaza Mengiste’s screenplay about an Ethiopian girl refusing marriage. Cate Blanchett narrated Edwidge Danticat’s story of a young Haitian girl fighting for an education. And for this latest screenplay by Warsan Shire, the young poet laureate who set the world ablaze when Beyoncé made her poetry a centerpiece of her Lemonade, we set out to find an equally talented actor.
Tessa Thompson, an acclaimed actress and thought-provoking activist, was moved by the story and immediately said “yes.” Known for her roles in Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters — Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld, Creed (I and II), and the upcoming Men in Black—she has also received praise for her performances in independent films like Sorry to Bother You and Dear White People. She leverages her influence to do good, and with millions of Instagram followers, her voice carries.
“When I read Warsan Shire’s gorgeous script, I was blown away by the beauty and strength of her prose.” said Thompson. "The women's movement is about all of us. We have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of women everywhere- and that includes the 17 million girls around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes.”