Community Cinema presents "Half the Sky"

Community Cinema presents "Half the Sky"

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Meg Ryan hugs Somana at the Somaly Mam shelter in Phonm Pehn, Cambodia.  

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Nicholas Kristof

WXXI kicks off a new season of Community Cinema with a film that travels 10 countries on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals.

WXXI is proud to host a new season of free screenings, featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.

Please join us Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m. for  Half the Sky. This film follows New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to 10 countries, where they meet inspiring individuals and discover how they’re confronting the oppression of women and girls. The special, based on the widely acclaimed book Half the Sky by columnist Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, reveals the real, meaningful solutions being fashioned through health care, education and economic empowerment for women and girls.

The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.

The film will be followed by a talkback. Panelist for the talkback include:

Marilyn Tedeschi, an urban educator, youth advocate, business entrepreneur, and social activist whose interests lie in the economic and educational development of women and the working poor.  She is currently developing a Teaching/Learning Center for all generations of women and girls at the Greater Rochester Branch of the American Association of University Women.  She has a B.S. and M.S. degree from SUNY Geneseo with a CAS in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.

Marilyn has cofounded a Community Development Federal Credit Union and the Community Microenterprise Center in Rochester.  She is a world traveler, and visionary who has been studying Conscious Evolution under Barbara Marx Hubbard for the past 20 years.  She is a member of many women’s organizations including Evolutionary Women based in Santa Barbara, Ca. and is a committed Agent of Conscious Evolution.

Barbara LeSavoy, PhD,  is Director and faculty of  Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at  The College at Brockport in Brockport, NY.   Dr. LeSavoy teaches Feminist Theory, Sex and Culture, and Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies,  and she maintains a dynamic scholarship agenda.   Her research and publication areas include women’s global human rights, gender and popular culture, intersectionality and  educational equity/success, and women’s stories as feminist standpoint.  Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester/Novgorod  sister city Linkages Women's Partnership Committee and  is currently  leading a three faculty team working on a SUNY National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)  project that will support a global classroom linking students at the College at Brockport with students at Novgorod State University.   Dr. LeSavoy also chairs the Greater Rochester American Association of University Women (AAUW) College/University Partnership committee and the Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues College Alliance, and she is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Consortium of Women and Gender Studies Faculty.  

Pam Graham, is Domestic Violence Prevention/Community Education Coordinator for Alternatives for Battered Women. She has worked for Alternatives for Battered Women since 2007. As the Domestic Violence Prevention/Community Education Coordinator, Pamela reaches thousands of elementary, middle, high school and college students throughout Monroe County each year. Prior to her work with Alternatives for Battered Women, Pamela dedicated over a decade of service to victims of domestic violence and their families in Erie County through community education, first response, medical outreach and court accompaniment.  Pamela trained under the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence and proudly views victim’s advocacy as her life’s work.

Kit Miller, Gandhi Institute for Non Violence. Bio to come.

Half the Sky
is part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative, spearheaded by ITVS in partnership with CPB and PBS.

Watch the trailer here:

A complete list of films will soon be posted here: