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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Night 1 2012 NR CC

4.9 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 8.4/10

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. Out future is in the hands of women, everywhere.

Starring:
America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Maro Chermayeff
Starring America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof
Supporting actors Diane Lane, Dipti Mehta, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde
Studio Show of Force
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 20, 2012
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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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To be honest I was a bit leery of watching this because I really detest MrsClinton and she is usally against anything I support but the plight of women/girls around the world is near and dear to me so I watched it. I am so happy to say that this documentry was very moving.very powerful. It was well put together and handled some very uncomfortable/horrid subjects with dignity and grace.
The subjects all seperate but tied together into one message at the end was just wonderfully done. When Dianne Lane ..I think said that 3 out of 5 females WORLD WIDE had been abused sexually was just so heartbreaking. I know SO many women/girls that have gone through some terriable things myself included and this show makes you see the things you have in common with women/girls all over the world. With them sharing their journey SO bravly with the world.
I do things locally but this made you want to do things GLOBALLY. I wanted to take some of those girls in my arms and hug the pain from them....they are so couragious it makes my heart sing and cry to watch it.

This is a documentry that I will show my kids when they are a bit older to help them see things outside of their box both my son and daughter not only for them to see how very blessed they are but also for them to think of things to help change the world for others that have been given a much harder lot in life ....and yet come out stronger, more passinate, more determinded to make the social changes in their cultures.

Such a WONDERFULL, informitive, and sometime heartbreaking look at our world. Thank you so much to the husband and wife team that put a light on such an under reported and often intentionally over looked subject.
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I absolutely loved this and felt it was long overdue. Light is shed on the most oppressed women of the world humbling us and reminding us not to take our freedoms for granted. Very tastefully done without scaring the viewer, yet enough is shown and talked about so that they are not sugarcoated or swept under the rug.
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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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