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We were inspired by a 60 Minutes segment about a group of billionaires who took “The Giving Pledge”.  It’s headed up by Bill/Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet, and the only requirement is to give away at least half of your fortune.  Sometimes it’s easy to look at the super rich and say, “Well if I was that rich, I would do the same thing.”  The bottom line is that most people in the U.S. are rich compared to other people around the world.  We must ask ourselves, are we doing everything we can to help others?  The 60 Minutes is below.

One of the billionaires is a man named Jeffrey Skoll.  He produces documentaries with the hopes to bring about social change.  This led to a discussion about our own favorite documentaries with a link to the trailers below:

Girl Rising– The movie tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries.  Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers.

Register to view the “Girl Rising” screening in Lombard IL on January 21st here

I Am– In the film, Shadyac conducts interviews with scientists, religious leaders, environmentalists and philosophers including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Lynne McTaggart, Elisabet Sahtouris, David Suzuki, Howard Zinn, and Thom Hartmann. The film asks two central questions: What’s Wrong With the World? and What Can We Do About it?. It is about “human connectedness, happiness, and the human spirit”,and explores themes including Darwinism, Western mores, loneliness, the economy, and the drive to war.

Get “I Am” here.

Miss Representation– The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can’t be what you can’t see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them. The film includes a social action campaign to address change in policy, education and call for socially responsible business

Get “Miss Representation” on Netflix here

We only need 66 more people to “tip” this showing of 10×10 – Girl Rising! I think we can make it happen, so click below, reserve your ticket NOW (don’t wait, we need the reservation to green light the showing), and then get excited about a documentary that is SO worth your time.   Click here to reserve your seats.  http://gathr.us/screening/6453

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