“Half the Sky” Documentary Film Shown on November 5 and 7

Half the Sky, a documentary film inspired by the acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will be presented in two parts on Monday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 7, in conjunction with the International Lens Film Series at Sarratt Cinema. Free and open to the public, the screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The book, also used for the 2012 Commons Reading at Vanderbilt, expanded into an initiative called “Human Identities: Global, Local, Personal,” which is bringing international and nationally renowned speakers, art exhibits, film and related programming to Vanderbilt this academic year. Half the Sky co-author WuDunn appeared at Vanderbilt on September 24 for the Lawson Lecture, and Kristof will deliver a Chancellor’s Lecture on Jan. 31, 2013. Long Story Bit by Bit: Liberia Retold, Photography by Tim Hetherington will be on view through December 6 in the Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Hall.

The documentary, directed by Maro Chermayeff, explores how sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence and maternal mortality claim one woman every 90 seconds worldwide. Kristof and a host of celebrity activists travel the globe, including Cambodia, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Vietnam, to find meaningful solutions to empower women and girls and lay the groundwork for the next generation.

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