- Actors: America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union
- Directors: Maro Chermayeff
- Producers: Joshua Bennett
- Format: Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Nov. 13 2012
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B008NNY98U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,038 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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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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.
I also found the sameness of style made the pieces start to lose some
power as they went along. Or perhaps it was the choice of the ordering
of the 6 stories. But after crying at the first three stories, I found
myself less moved by the last three. Perhaps it was simple emotional
Last, I had mixed feelings that all the stories where from 3rd world
countries (with the exception of India). It is true that the most gross
and glaring abuses of women are taking place in these poor, developing
nations, but it would have been very powerful to see how even in 1st
world counties women are facing the same battles (do we really think
there's no sex-slavery or forced under-aged prostitution in the US?
That girl babies aren't aborted in China?). By telling only stories of
far off worlds so mired in poverty, a chance was lost to make the point
that miss-treatment and abuse of women transcends national boundaries,
class, or how 'advanced' the nations are.
But those complaints noted, this is strong and important stuff. It
should be seen by all means, and get ready to have your heart hurt, and
maybe even to take action.
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