First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House screening of the documentary “We Will Rise,” which stars Indian actress Freida Pinto who is also one of the producers of the film.
Michelle Obama and actress Meryl Streep had much to celebrate Oct. 11 when they hugged onstage at the White House during the screening, which coincided with the International Day of the Girl, reports People.com. The two traveled together over the summer to Liberia and Morocco, along with Malia and Sasha Obama, to shoot the documentary.
At the event, Michelle Obama shared her love for the Oscar-winning actress, saying: “The great Meryl Streep has just devoted her not-a-lot-of-time to this project. And she is delightful — she is delightful and is intelligent and is focused and engaged — as you would imagine Meryl Streep to be.”
She also expressed her admiration for the young girls and women she met during her trip abroad for the documentary, telling the audience it was her very last trip with her daughters while President Barack Obama is still in office.
“I carry their stories with me every single day. And it was a privilege to bring my mother and my daughters with me to Liberia and Morocco and for them to get to meet you. And that was our very last trip together during our time in the White House, so it was special for so many different reasons,” she said. In a sneak peek from the upcoming documentary about the initiative, Streep reflects on why she was inspired to join the program and travel with the First Lady over the summer. The documentary is directed by Tony Gerber.
“We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World” is a CNN Films production produced by the same team behind the feature documentary “Girl Rising.”