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  • Actors: George Clooney, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan
  • Directors: Maro Chermayeff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY98U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,374 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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This film was very well done.
ReederC14
It is gives you a view of how life is for women the world over.
Ileen E. everett
Most inspirational thing I have watched in a long time.
Golden woman

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"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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By karenji on October 2, 2012
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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By EthericOne on 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 By Golden woman on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 11, 2013
This four hour, two part PBS documentary on abuses of women in six
different countries is taken from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's
highly regarded book. And even if arguably flawed on a film-making
level, this is powerful, sometimes gut wrenching stuff. You know a
documentary has a real effect when immediately after watching you feel
compelled to send money to two charities you've never heard of before.

It does a great job of never downplaying the horrors of the subjects it
tackles; sex trafficking of under-aged girls, denial of education,
genital mutilation, etc., while managing to always leave room for hope.
In each case, we see a brave, almost saintly woman or organization
fighting the odds and personal danger to change things. So instead of
feeling depressed you feel agitated and energized. "These situations
are awful, but no situation is beyond hope and change" is the constant
theme.

The elements that bothered me certainly didn't undercut the power of
the film's message, but did make watching it less emotional than it
might have been. The device of having female celebrities be our
surrogate guide into each of these situations seemed odd and smacked of
pandering. I found myself frustrated listening to the feelings of the
actresses about what they were seeing, and would gladly have traded
that time for more interviews with experts in the fields, or the actual
victims and those who are working for change. The idea we needed to see
this through movie and TV stars eyes (as intelligent and
well-intentioned as these women are) seems to really underestimate the
intelligence of the audience.
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