Sunday, September 2, 2012

Television premiere: documentary based on book Half the Sky

I still haven't read the book Half the Sky, but I've been to a Half the Sky Book Club held at an independent book store on Haight Street, attended a panel discussion with author Sheryl WuDunn ... and am looking forward to the TV broadcast of the four-hour long documentary based on the book!

Half the Sky filmed in 10 countries, following Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.

Trailer:


Premieres on PBS program Independent Lens
Part 1 (2 hours): Monday, Oct 1
Part 2 (2 hours): Tuesday, Oct 2
Check your local PBS local listings for information on channel number and time.

If you're in one of these cities then you can see the film before the PBS premiere date at a free screening followed by a lively panel discussion.

If you miss the TV broadcast then I'm sure you'll be able to watch it online after the broadcast dates.

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