Film Screening: Half the Sky

HalfTheSkyDVD-FJoin KQED and San Jose State University

Wed, April 10, 2013

San Jose State Engineering Building, Room 189.


The book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide sprang onto the world stage in 2009, and focused the attention of the first world on a problem rarely covered by major news networks. Written by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, it takes a hard and unflinching look at the shocking issues that face women in developing countries. Looking beyond the horrors, both Kristof and WuDunn take the opportunity to feature the efforts of everyday women and girls who are working to combat the violence and oppression all too present in their own communities.

In 2012, their award-winning book became a PBS Documentary, profiling the lives of women and the grassroots organizations that are trying to help them in over ten countries. As the film progresses Kristof invites strong powerful, female celebrities such as Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and many more on a journey into cities, and rural communities where the circumstances faced by many women is dire. It is an awakening experience, as the vast spectrum of the female experience is examined. Through the film heroes do emerge and opportunities are presented to the audience to not only engage in the issue but to also work together towards solutions.

For more information on Half the Sky, please visit their website.

“So let us be clear about this up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts. That is the process under way – not a drama of victimization but of empowerment, the kind that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen.

This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you’ll just open your heart and join in.”
Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide


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