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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide (2012)

George Clooney , America Ferrera , Maro Chermayeff  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Clooney, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan
  • Directors: Maro Chermayeff
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 224 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY98U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere.


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide" made its broadcast premiere as a part of PBS's Independent Lens series and was introduced by George Clooney. Although gender inequality is certainly not a new topic, New York Times reporters (and Pulitzer Prize winners) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDann explored the globe while writing the acclaimed 2009 bestseller on which this four hour presentation is based. They covered stories both harrowing and heartfelt. Encountering seemingly hopeless situations, they met courageous individuals who worked within the system (or oftentimes against it) to help affect positive change. They attracted enormous media attention upon the book's publication, so the expectations for this documentary series were high. Kristof is a major face in this production and he has enlisted some famous names to participate in the various segments of the film.

Here's a run down of the chapters:

1) Eva Mendes in Sierra Leone (Gender Based Violence): Mendes and Kristof report on a situation where most attacks against women go unreported. They meet up with a representative (Amie Kandeh) of the International Rescue Committee whose efforts to educate and protect women are tireless.

2) Meg Ryan in Cambodia (Sex Trafficking): In this episode, Ryan and Kristof meet a leader in the anti-trafficking struggle (Somaly Mam). In a country where about a third of the prostitutes are children, Mam personalizes the story as she herself was sold into the sex trade as a child. Her efforts to rehabilitate brothel girls packs a strong emotional punch.

3) Gabrielle Union in Vietnam (Education): Union and Kristof visit the country with John Wood.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars half the sky, all the earth October 2, 2012
By karenji
I sat mesmerized by this incredible documentary. It achieved its purpose. It opened my eyes and my heart to the tremendous need for education of everyone about the travesty of the destruction of innocence in sexually enslaved children as young as two and three years of age. Sexual slavery has been around for a long time and it is time to stop it. It is time to be aware of what is happening and stop it. It is time to support all those who have worked to bring awareness to the rest of us. Half the Sky documentary is an excellent example of awareness raising educational film making. I was blown away by the balance of horror and lovingkindness portrayed. Kudos to all involved in this process of consiousness raising. Awesome! Thank you.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Advocate for the Most Disenfranchised October 2, 2012
Just saw this documentary on PBS this evening and was deeply touched by the brave, resourceful and resilient women it features, and their personal journeys from utter despair to a sense of hope and direction. This video underscores how, despite the unimaginable atrocities endured by women across the planet and particularly in developing countries, with some basic practical help, they absolutely have the potential to move beyond the enslavement, disempowerment and suffering to become positive role models, movers and leaders in their communities and to break the cycle of abuse in future generations. Besides giving regular people some ideas of how we can make a difference, this project also shows how those who have achieved a high level of success and, in some cases, fame, can make all the more impact by using their status, resources and limelight to highlight and champion those who are the most disenfranchised. For in helping those who have the least, collectively, we can experience the greatest sense of fulfillment and make the wisest investment in the future of our global community and our planet. This video is highly recommended as both informative and inspirational!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing October 1, 2012
Watching this documentary on PBS right now. Plan to purchase a copy for our local women's centre. Most inspirational thing I have watched in a long time. Investing in women is how all of humankind will move forward and make our world a better place!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original review from opednews.com April 1, 2013
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Young girls are raped, kidnapped, tortured and enslaved. Genital mutilation is an institution. Rape victims are forced to leave their families. Girls are abused and exploited by family members.

Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof's documentary of the treatment of girls and women across the developing world, is a must-see. It documents the ubiquity of the abuse of women and girls throughout the world. While I was hopeful, while watching it, that that ubiquity would be apparent to those of us in the developed world, the fact that so many of the countries shown were in the developing world, makes it easy to discount the abuse as removed from our "civilized" lives. This is one of many problems with Half the Sky; problems which have been identified by a number of critics.

Much of the criticism has focused on Kristof's obliviousness to his own white privilege in his role as riding into these developing countries on the proverbial "white horse" to save these oppressed women - his access (along with that of the attractive celebrities he brings with him) - taken for granted, his right to ask the most intimate questions unchallenged. As Sunil Bhatia puts it in the Feminist Wire:

"Kristof never really explores in depth in his book, documentary, or his columns about how his position as an American, white, male journalist or how his power and privilege as a New York Times columnist allow him to trespass other cultures and become an observer to human tragedies"

The article goes on to criticise the unspoken role of the type of economic exploitation highlighted by Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, by developed nations such as the U.S., in Kristofs' analysis.

These are important and valid criticisms.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful DVD
If this is the DVd that parallels the book it is immensely accessible and a pleasure to watch the women from our privileged country interacting with women the world over.
Published 1 month ago by Florence Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Unleash the Power of Girls
This was one of the most heartbreaking and eye opening books I have ever read. It's painful and brutal but the truth usually is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie S.
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie changed my life ....... inspiring me to work with the women...
This was an excellent documentary - it presented the truth about women's oppression in the world BUT it offered inspiring hope! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry DuBeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend all women to read this!
This book is very powerful and moving. I think all women should read it. Very inspiring and a call to action for all of us to work to make a difference.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Women's plight needs to be reckoned with...
I tend to be drawn to awareness and areas of the world in conflict. Despite our own issues in the US.(rape, racism .hunger, etc).. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martha K. Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this DVD for a gift for my daughter who has seen it and was so touched by it. My cousin also was wowwed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Real people, true story.
This video is all real stories about woman around the world that still happened in the 21st century, if woman is part of your life that you care about, watch this video.
Published 2 months ago by Nhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring as well as heartbreaking
I caught several of these stories on PBS one evening, and I was so struck by these young women that I wanted to see more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nfmgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasticly Done Film
This film was very well done.
I have been anti-human trafficking and slavery for about 6 years now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ReederC14
3.0 out of 5 stars Half the Sky: Turning oppression into Opportunity for Women Worlwide
I really liked the book but found the DVD weak in comparison. The "star" actors did not impress me at all..
Published 3 months ago by Joyce Buresh
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