Last night CNN Films premiered We Will Rise, a moving documentary about girls in Morocco and Liberia overcoming extraordinary obstacles of patriarchy and poverty to gain an education and alter the course of their lives. The movie features First Lady Michelle Obama—an inspiration of her own accord, CNN’s Isha Sesay, Freida Pinto, and Meryl Streep.
Andra Day wrote and sings the movie’s anthem, Rise Up, a thunderously motivational work appropriately selected to herald the documentary’s theme.
The film and song get me thinking poetically:
In spite of today’s headlines rampant with abuse and misogyny,
Michelle Obama and her supporting company
Rise up in furtherance of what a young girl’s life should be.
Anyone that watches this telling CNN documentary
Should be moved seeing such potential stunted by poverty and stupidity.
Thus, I come away inspired to nurture every sapling tree
That bears the fruit of wise and benevolent matriarchy.