Maggie & Viola 'Won't Back Down' for Education
By DAVID WEINER
August 06, 2012
When it comes to the importance of education, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis Won't Back Down… The stars appeared at a special screening of their upcoming film inspired by true events, hosted by Twentieth Century Fox, Ladies' Home Journal and The Moms for hundreds of women bloggers in New York City.
"I do fight for what I believe in and I think that everyone should, and I do think that it's our responsibility to say when something isn't working in our community and the world," said Maggie. "I was raised that way."
"You could be the change that you want to see in the world ... you have the power within you," added Viola. "I love kids. I love everything that they do."
The special screening was followed by a Q&A with Viola, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rosie Perez, as well as director and co-screenwriter Daniel Barnz.
In theaters everywhere September 28, Won't Back Down casts Maggie and Viola as determined mothers who decide to take matters into their own hands for the sake of their children, who are faltering in their inner city school. Faced with a stubborn bureaucracy mired in traditional thinking, the parents risk everything to buck the system and create their own school.
Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lance Reddick and Ving Rhames also star.