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'Rise and Dream' world premiere set in Texas

January 18, 2012

Sometimes the greatest gifts come from the humblest roots.

Rise and Dream world premiere at Thin Line Film Fest
The CFCA documentary film "Rise and Dream" world premiere
will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 2012, at the Thin Line Film Fest in
Denton, Texas.

This is what CFCA hopes people will learn by watching its first documentary film titled "Rise and Dream."

CFCA has been invited to premiere "Rise and Dream" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Thin Line Film Fest in Denton, Texas. The film will be shown at The Campus Theatre, 214 West Hickory St. This will be one of the festival's first screenings of 2012, and the film's world premiere.

"Rise and Dream" follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teens volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.

The film, produced by CFCA, is intended to give viewers a new understanding of the potential that exists within people living in poverty.

"Audiences might be surprised to see the joy, laughter and music surrounding a community that is struggling with poverty," said Judy-Anne Goldman, the film's director. "In making 'Rise and Dream,' we wanted to share this story of courage and strength, of gifts triumphing over circumstance and the universal reality that poverty is a situation, not a definition of who you are."

CFCA filmed "Rise and Dream" to raise awareness about the heroic struggles of families trying to break the cycle of extreme poverty seen in developing countries — where many struggle to live on just a few dollars each day.

CFCA's Hope for a Family sponsorship program helps provide basic resources and encouragement to more than 300,000 children, youth, elderly people and their families through the contributions of more than 250,000 U.S.-based sponsors.

Nearly 20,000 of these sponsors are in the state of Texas, and more than 6,300 are within 150 miles of Denton.

"Not only does a person living in poverty suffer if they do not get the help they need, but the world also suffers when that person's potential is cut short," said Paul Pearce, director of global strategy for CFCA. "We hope the film encourages audience members to help change our world for the better, and to consider the simple and profound act of CFCA sponsorship as an effective means to help unlock the potential of one of these beautiful young people."

In addition to "Rise and Dream," the 2012 Thin Line Film Fest will highlight several films with the theme of making an impact, striving to make the public aware of an important issue or cause.

The fifth annual Thin Line Film Fest will take place in the downtown square in Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas/Fort Worth, from Feb. 10 to 20. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

"Our film team is honored to premiere 'Rise and Dream' at the Thin Line Film Fest," Goldman said. "We're excited for the opportunity to introduce a special community in the Philippines to Texas audiences."

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