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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
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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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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.Read more ›
The film shoes issues that really everyone should care about--it is not anti-prostitution, for example, but maintains a focus on women (really girls) who are literally enslaved and forced to be prostitutes. There should be no one who sees actual slavery and pedophilia to be acceptable. You might think this is for women, or for liberals, but instead it lays out issues of moral and human concern of universal importance. The appeal is mostly just that we care for the lives of women, and see that transforming the lives of so many millions of women will transform the world for the better for all of us.
While on the surface, it might be criticized as a foreign do-gooder flying in to try to help people, in reality, those offering help are generally locals, and they are clearly the true heroes of this documentary.
The inclusion of celebrities seems at first unnecessary and just as a way to attract viewers who might otherwise never bother to watch. In reality, though, the celebrities just represent regular people like most of the viewers--people who come from the outside and are surprised and touched by what they discover, and people who would like to find some way to reach out to the women and girls featured in the film and share a bond of common humanity with them.Read more ›
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This should be required viewing for everyone. Get it and the book NOW!Published 1 month ago by Gary Mannone
"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity" left me in awe concerning the severity of women's oppression through the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent video to show clips from in high school social studies classes.Published 14 months ago by Shopper in NJ
Since this documentary first aired on PBS, the gender equality campaign has gained momentum. Emma Watson spoke at the UN and has a speech on YouTube which is one of the best I've... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chad M
Horrifying, deeply troubling... Every woman who can read, should read this, and those who cannot read, should have this read to them. Men? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laurie F. Fannin