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  • Watch the series trailer.

    Watch the series trailer.

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  • Women celebrate in Somaliland

    Women celebrate in Somaliland

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  • Nicholas Kristof in Somaliland

    Nicholas Kristof in Somaliland

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  • IRC Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator Amie Kandeh with Eva Mendes in Sierra Leone

    IRC Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator Amie Kandeh with Eva Mendes in Sierra Leone

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  • Olivia Wilde learns how to make beaded jewelery with women from Umoja Women's Village in Samburu, Kenya.

    Olivia Wilde learns how to make beaded jewelery with women from Umoja Women's Village in Samburu, Kenya.

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  • A girl holds flowers during Room to Read's 10 millionth book ceremony in Vietnam.

    A girl holds flowers during Room to Read's 10 millionth book ceremony in Vietnam.

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  • Gabrielle Union and local student Duyen Le ride bikes in Thu Thua, Vietnam.

    Gabrielle Union and local student Duyen Le ride bikes in Thu Thua, Vietnam.

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  • Meg Ryan with Somana Long and Srey Pov at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Meg Ryan with Somana Long and Srey Pov at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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  • Girl at New Light Crèche in Kolkata, India

    Girl at New Light Crèche in Kolkata, India

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  • America Ferrera plays with children at the New Light Crèche in Kolkata, India.

    America Ferrera plays with children at the New Light Crèche in Kolkata, India.

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  • New Light founder and director Urmi Basu with America Ferrera in Khaligat, India

    New Light founder and director Urmi Basu with America Ferrera in Khaligat, India

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The Film

This landmark transmedia project features a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two interactive websites, educational video modules with companion text, 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.

The series follows Kristof, WuDunn, and six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Meg Ryan as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Embedded in the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which still needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — is the single most vital opportunity of our time — and all over the world, women are seizing it.

The Filmmakers

  1. Maro ChermayeffProducer
  2. Jamie GordonProducer
  3. Mikaela BeardsleyProducer