In an exclusive clip from the inspiring documentary, We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, the First Lady met with students at R.S. Caulfield Senior High School in Liberia. “What do you think is different about you that you were able to overcome all those challenges and be as articulate and smart and inspiring as you are?” she asks one student.
In the clip, student Raphina Felee shares one of the struggles girls often face in her community . “During the Ebola crisis, some girls lost their parents. Some lost their family members. Some even lost their entire family,” she says. “Most of these girls feel discouraged about life because they feel that they are no more important in society because of what happened to them and they don’t really have people to encourage them and tell them they are valued in society. Some really want to go to school, but they don’t have educational support.”
The documentary stresses the importance of girls’ education as their potential and contributions to society are what ultimately strengthen communities and nations. The film is inline with the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative, which seeks to break barriers to education for girls around the world. At South by Southwest earlier in the year, Obama promoted the initiative and unveiled the Diane Warren-penned “This is for My Girls” featuring Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monáe and others. Proceeds from the empowerment anthem benefit Let Girls Learn.
The hour-long documentary will premiere in the U.S. via CNN on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. It also airs internationally in Asia, Europe and Africa on Tuesday to coincide with International Day of the Girl.