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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed perhaps, but tremendously powerful Nov. 11 2013
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
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

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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4.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener May 21 2013
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for those who do not have time to read the book, this is a good alternative. not as complete as the book, but pictures can show a lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2-Disc DVD Set Details: Six Stories From Around The Globe That Both Disturb And Inspire Nov. 18 2012
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
"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. As a marketing executive with Microsoft, Wood has introduced Room to Read which is an organization that promotes both literacy and equal opportunity education for girls within developing nations. As girls can be seen as second class citizens in places like Vietnam, they sometimes are pulled from school and not given the same opportunities as boys.

4) Diane Lane in Somaliland (Maternal Mortality): The unpleasant fact in Somaliland is that one in twelve women die in childbirth. A combination of poor nutrition, female genital mutilation, and general neglect have made the act of giving life an unprecedented danger. They meet Edna Adan who has started the country's first maternal health facility.

5) America Ferrera in India (Forced Prostitution): In India, there are about 3 million prostitutes with 1.2 million of them being children. Girls often follow their mothers into the trade with no other outlet. Here we meet Urmi Basu who works in the infamous red light district to try to break down these patterns and conventions.

6) Olivia Wilde in Kenya (Education): Wilde visits the Shining Hope for Communities organization and the Kibera School for Girls. Here we see a tuition free education established for promoting the advancement and opportunity of local girls who never had access to such things before.

DVD Extras: The two disc set has about 90 minutes of Bonus Material including deleted scenes, extended scenes and interviews, Public Service Announcements, Trailers, Mini-campaign videos, Action Suggestions, and additional content.

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide" personalizes a lot of unpleasant situations! But it also showcases a fortitude and determination of those that struggle to make an impact. Hopeful and inspirational, it's hard not to connect with the stories and champions introduced here. Watch it and you will be convinced that one person CAN make a difference. KGHarris, 11/12.
35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars half the sky, all the earth Oct. 2 2012
By karenji - Published on Amazon.com
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.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Advocate for the Most Disenfranchised Oct. 2 2012
By EthericOne - Published on Amazon.com
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!
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing Oct. 1 2012
By Golden woman - Published on Amazon.com
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!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original review from opednews.com April 1 2013
By opedwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Originally posted to opednews.com:

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. My criticisms of the film - however crucial I think its journalistic value is - are perhaps a bit simpler.

First, while Half the Sky is ultimately social commentary - while it is going into current situations of abuse - it is in fact a clinical enterprise. And as those in that sort of line of work know (I was a low level social worker in my previous life) much care has to be taken in these types of situations. Kristof speaks to victims, abusers, and peddlers of genital mutilation as an observer, but he is - of course - also making a kind of intervention. He is, of course, hoping to make things better, but he has to be sure he is at least not making things worse. In order to do that, it would have been helpful to have people trained in those kinds of interventions along with him. Instead, he arms himself with celebrities, in addition to local activists (for obvious reasons.)

There are a few instances throughout the film, where that decision is questionable. One in particular, is when they enter the home of a bright student whose father is not encouraging her in opportunities for study. She says that he, instead, forces her to sell lottery tickets on the street as well as doing all the household work for the family, beating her if she does not sell enough tickets. Kristof's group somewhat subtly confronts the father, asking him what it would take for him to be proud of his daughter - on camera. After they leave father and daughter alone, I wondered: would he realize that he was being criticized in front of a national audience and take it out on her?

In another instance, the group confronts a practitioner of genital mutilation who admits that her livelihood is dependent upon the practice. The resident celebrity does little to hide her disgust. How will that exchange change the dynamics in that village?

In addition to this type of thoughtlessness, Half the Sky does what so many other explorers of injustice to women do - it maddeningly touches up against the tremendous, but uncounted, economic contributions women throughout the world make to their communities, while ultimately failing to really take it into account. Most starkly, George Clooney at one point recites a long list of the work that women do in the countries involved, similar to the list Marilyn Waring uses in her work on women's uncounted economic contributions. Yet, when it comes time to propose a solution to all of this abuse of women, Half the Sky disappoints with a solution that has already been found to be deeply flawed: microfinancing .

The film makes passing reference to mixed results for their solution, but sings its praises endlessly nonetheless. There are several problems - besides the fact that it has been found not to work in the long term - with this solution.

1) It perpetuates the idea that the work these women are doing - some of which is exhausting, and peaks during childbearing years - is not worth considering as work. Despite Clooney's list of unpaid work, the film brings on a string of female authorities, almost scolding these women that they must "participate" in the economy. What do these experts think the women have been doing all along?;

2) It adds to the burdens these women bear with the additional burden of attempting to start a new business, which may or may not be successful;

3) Most of the women shown smilingly showing off their businesses are way past childbearing years, and many have extricated themselves from living with men altogether;

4) They don't provide a solution for child care for younger women entering this solution, or the ambitious careers they encourage them to prepare for.

As I began, I strongly encourage everyone to see this film, in order to understand the nature of the problem. However, I hope we can go beyond the interventions and solutions offered here. Women's worldwide equality requires more systemic changes: in cultural assumptions (which we developed countries should not consider ourselves above), in the structure of work, in the measurement of economies, and in the type of economic exploitation that Naomi Klein has uncovered.
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