Community Cinema Bronx Launches Its 7th Season With The Highly Anticipated Screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Based On The Best Selling Book By Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, DocumentarySupports ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead Initiative as it Takes Viewers on a Global Journey to Turn Oppression into Opportunity for Women and Girls

(Bronx, NY)— Community Cinema, a national documentary screening series sponsored locally by TripleFront Syndicate, Inc and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), presents a screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book, at Bronx Community College on Thursday, September 27th, at 12pm. Six talented actress-advocates — Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, Diane Lane, America Ferrera, and Olivia Wilde — join Kristof as he travels to Asia and Africa to meet face-to-face with inspiring individuals working to bringabout change and the women and girls who confront extreme gender inequality in their daily lives. Women and girls around the globe face threats — trafficking, prostitution, violence, and discrimination — every day of their lives. As we see in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, hope endures as fearless women and men are developing innovative ways to turn the tide.

This special Community Cinema screening of Half the Sky will preview one of six stories featured in the mini-series. This screening focuses on economic empowerment, a crucial element in turning the tide against poverty, violence, and the oppression of women. When women have money of their own, they invest more than twice as much as men in their families, education, and the future. In Kenya, Olivia Wilde joins Kristof to see firsthand how women entrepreneurs are changing not only their lives but their communities. Ingrid Munro founded Jamii Bora, a microfinancing organization for women; one of Jamii Bora’s greatest success stories is Jane Ngori, a former prostitute and single mother of four who is now running a dressmaking business. In Nairobi, they meet Rebecca Lolosoli, the founder of an all-women’s village called Umoja, which was established as a haven from rape and violence and sustains itself by creating and selling traditional beaded wares. “One of the best ways that we can deal with all of the abuses that are so troubling against women and girls is through economic empowerment,” says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Unleashing the economic potential of women is a win-win economic strategy.”

WHAT: FREE screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and Q&A engaging public about local women’s economic empowerment.

WHO: Presented by ITVS Community Cinema and Triple Front Syndicate, Inc

WHEN: September 27, 2012, 12 pm, at Bronx Community College, Nichols Hall, Room 104

2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a special presentation of the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and premiering on October 1 and 2, 2012 at 9 PM (check local listings).