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Girl Icon

Non-profit: Malala Fund, Milaan Foundation

Filmmaker: Sadah Espii Proctor

Around the world, 130 million girls do not have the opportunity to go school. Meet Rani, a 17-year-old from Varanasi, India, who is part of a growing movement of fearless girls leading change in their communities.

“I want girls to look at me and think they can achieve anything they want,” says Rani. Rani's community and the Hindu caste system limits her family to washing clothes and linen for a living. But Rani is determined to finish school and train to become an army officer. In “Girl Icon,” Rani gives us an intimate glimpse of her life, hopes, challenges and dreams — and how she's helping other girls in her community.


Girl Icon premiered at SXSW Film '19 and Tribeca Film Festival '19, and has gone on to be an official selection at film festivals around the world.

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