Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6:00pm)
WHYY Hamilton Public Media Commons
150 N 6th Street, Philadelphia
(Wheelchair accessible venue)
This event is FREE and open to the public, but advanced registration is required.
About the Film
Join us for a free sneak preview screening of an episode of the upcoming PBSseries Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Half the Sky is a landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two websites, educational video modules with companion text, a social media campaign supporting over 30 partner NGOs, and an impact assessment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
In Cambodia, where 30 percent of prostitutes are children, the series examines the issue of sex trafficking. Meg Ryan and Kristof meet Somaly Mam, herself sold into slavery as a young girl, but who is now a world-renowned leader in the anti-trafficking struggle. Mam runs a center to rehabilitate and educate girls rescued from brothels. She introduces Somana, sold at age 13 and forced to work as a prostitute, her eye gouged out by the brothel owner. When Mam learns that underage girls have been discovered in a brothel on the Thai border, she organizes a daring raid with the help of local authorities and Kristof and the cameras capture this dramatic and dangerous effort to free underage girls being held as sex slaves. Working tirelessly to bring the voices of these girls to the world, Mam uses innovative approaches, such as a weekly radio show, to raise awareness. “We’re going to change Cambodia,” she says. “We want you to hear from us. If you don’t listen to us, we’ll keep on talking. We’re not tired at all.”
Act 48 credit is available to teachers.
After the Film
Stay after the film for a panel discussion moderated by WHYY’s Behavioral Health Reporter, Maiken Scott, with Gretchen Wendel, Refugee Resettlement Case Manager at the Nationalities Service Center, and Elizabeth Howard, Interim Executive Director and Board Member of Dining For Women. Join the Half the Sky social media campaign by participating in our photo booth by New Leaf Photography.
Half the Sky will be broadcast on PBS as part of Independent Lens on October 1 & 2 at 9 pm. Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to tune in to the four-hour primetime national broadcast event on WHYY-TV.
A special thank you to our community partners:
Enjoy discounts at the following area restaurants on the day of the event by presenting your RSVP confirmation or program book. Wedge + Fig is offering free desser (up to $5 with an entree); National Mechanics and Shane’s Confectionery are both offering a 10% discount off entire purchase: