Tonight, CNN Films' documentary We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World will make its U.S. debut. On Tuesday, the film received a special kickoff at The White House that celebrated its focus on empowering girls from across the globe.

“This past June we had the opportunity to revisit the critical topic of girls’ education when we followed the First Lady during visits to Morocco and Liberia,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in describing the genesis of the project to Variety. Several of the film’s contributors were on hand for the event, including actress Meryl Streep, and participated in a panel discussion hosted by CNN anchor and correspondent Isha Sesay

CNN anchor and correspondent Isha Sesay moderated a panel that included actress Meryl Streep

“It’s about telling the stories of these girls and girls like them across the globe — not just their challenges and their struggles, but their dreams and their aspirations — which are big,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “Their unrelenting bravery and determination…the miles they have to walk each day just to get to school. The hours they spend each night studying, making their families proud. Their refusal to give up, even in the face of some overwhelming odds that would stifle many of us.”

We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World made its world premiere on CNN International yesterday in Asia, Europe, and Africa to mark International Day of the Girl. Its U.S. premiere is tonight at 9 p.m. ET, and will simulcast on CNN International. In addition to global broadcasts, the film will also stream via CNNgo desktop and mobile platforms, and will be available on demand beginning Thursday, October 13 on CNNgo, and via cable and satellite providers.

First Lady Michelle Obama takes photos with guests at The White House screening event.

Tune in tonight for the film's U.S. premiere at 9 p.m. ET. You can also visit Impact Your World and CNN Films for more engaging, interactive content.

“These dynamic and accomplished women, each long-committed to the transformative nature of girls’ empowerment, amplify incredible stories of success despite challenges," said Amy Entelis, Executive Vice President of Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide. "We are delighted to share this hopeful film with our global audience.”

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