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Half the Sky is a four-hour PBS television series that broadcast in the United States and is set for distribution internationally. Produced by Show of Force and Fugitive Films, the purpose of the series is to present the crisis of female oppression across the globe as a pressing social problem.

The series features New York Times staff members, Sheryl Wudunn, Nicholas Kristof and a number of celebrity advocates such as America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, Susan Sarandon and Gabrielle Union. The women travel to ten countries, including: Afghanistan, Kenya, Cambodia, India, Somaliland, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Pakistan and Liberia to address pertinent female-specific issues.

Origins

The Half the Sky series was inspired by Kristof and WuDunn's best-selling book that was developed with an eye toward providing educational tools to raise awareness and eradicate the issues of oppression that women in the regions visited regularly face. The goal was to provide steps and actions to empower women and others to fight problems such as poverty, war, instability, domestic violence and lack of health care and education.

Structure

The documentary series begins as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton confirms that there is no other group that requires empowerment more than females. It is also revealed that the social problems of women around the world are more expansive than terrorism, energy and environmental resource concerns, as the unfinished business of the 21st Century." Kristof then escorts the American celebrities overseas to meet with activists and to observe each situation firsthand.

While visiting each country, the series exposes the plight of girls and women who are living under extremely difficult situations. The series emphasizes how the women continue to fight to challenge their circumstances through the few local systems available. Some of the themes of the show explore problems concerning forced prostitution, sex trafficking, gender-based violence and maternal mortality, highlighting how economic empowerment and education can help alleviate these monumental problems.

The series also focuses upon the outside organizations whose goal it is to combat these social issues. Encouraging a grass roots level campaign, the objective is to accomplish the necessary changes, by drawing attention to and amplifying the voices of these women.

Half the Sky is a Kids & Family series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (4 episodes). The series first aired on October 1, 2012. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.4.

Half the Sky is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Half the Sky on demand at Vudu online.

Monday, Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
1 Season, 4 Episodes
October 1, 2012
Kids & Family
8.4/10
Cast: America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof, Diane Lane, Dipti Mehta
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Half the Sky Full Episode Guide

  • A landmark project featuring six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries searching for individuals fighting female oppression.

  • A landmark project featuring six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries searching for individuals fighting female oppression.

  • A landmark project featuring six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries searching for individuals fighting female oppression.

  • A landmark project featuring six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries searching for individuals fighting female oppression.

Half the Sky Video Clips & Extras

Olivia Wilde on Empowering Women Economically in Kenya | Independent Lens | PBS Clip (05:17) A Kenyan Restauranteur Flourishes Through Microfinancing | Independent Lens | PBS Clip (02:22)