Access Pollywood: Film Queen

Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan guest of honor at reception for film “10 x 10” focused on girls education.

Heather Podesta, Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and Tony Podesta. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Education is a right. That is the message that Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan expressed at a recent reception for the film 10 x 10. Heather and Tony Podesta collaborated with IMPACT Arts + Film Fund to host the event in hopes of raising awareness about the need for improved education worldwide. The film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins and launched by a team of former ABC news journalists, tells the stories of 10 girls in 10 developing countries from Afghanistan to Nepal and Sierra Leon. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ambassador Gilbert Galanxhi of Albania, and CBS White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell were among those who joined the Queen to support the film.

But despite the special guests, 10 x 10 was the night’s focus. Each of the film’s heroines seeks education despite unthinkable odds, such as living in a Haitian refugee camp or being expected to marry at thirteen. The creators of the film hope that after seeing it audiences will want to take action with their 10 x 10 campaign, which is dedicated to providing education and empowerment for girl’s around the world. Now that’s a reason to grab some popcorn and take a seat in the audience.

Tom Yellin, Gene Sperling, and Evan Ryan. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Peter and Judy Kovler with Jacob Scherr. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Tedd Evers and Neil Barrett. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Ingrid Zimmer and Dorothy Stein. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Susanna Quinn, Debbie Dingell, and Jocelyn Luddy. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Chiara and Bryan Rich. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

Tanya Johnson & Ambassador Avni Spahiu of Kosovo. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)

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