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The ‘Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ documentary was one of the winners at the Realscreen Awards last night, picking up four prizes. Read more about the awards here.
“(…) Half the Sky, meanwhile, picked up the 2013 Award of Excellence in the Non-Fiction category, along with the award for Best Non-Fiction: Social/Current Affairs. The transmedia project, which was produced by Show of Force and Fugitive Films in association with ITVS and Artemis Media Ventures, also took prizes in the Best Music and Best Casting/Talent/Subjects categories.”
The Half The Sky documentary that was show on PBS last year, featuring Meg as one of the co-presenters together with several other actresses, has been chosen as one of the honorees for the Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors.
“The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the honorees for the Sixth Annual Television Academy Honors. Celebrating “Television With A Conscience,” this year’s honorees are A Smile as Big as The Moon, D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List, Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, Hunger Hits Home, The Newsroom, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal and Parenthood. The Awards, honoring television programs that aired January 1 – December 31, 2012, will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 9th and hosted by Emmy® Award-winning actress Dana Delany.(…)
(…) Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (PBS) – Traveling with intrepid New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity activists (America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde), this two-part documentary introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable, and fighting bravely to change them. Their intimate, dramatic and immediate stories of struggle reflect viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offer an actionable blueprint for transformation. This inspiring program is based on the book of the same title by Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn (…).”
Here is the ‘Anderson Live’ video segment with Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, America Ferrera and Gabrielle Union which aired in the US and Canada on Monday October 1st. And don’t miss the [backstage photobooth] photo of Anderson Cooper and his famous guests.
If you live in the US and missed it on TV, you can still watch the PBS Half The Sky documentary online [on their website] untill Monday! If you would like to help the Somaly Mam Foundation with a donation, you can [go here] and buy one of their beautiful handmade Empowerment products!
Meg Ryan, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde and Gabrielle Union appeared on CNN’s Newsroom to talk about the upcoming ‘Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ documentary that will air on PBS tomorrow Monday October 1st en Tuesday October 2nd.
And don’t forget: on Monday morning this same group of famous women will be on Anderson Live to talk about the documentary! Check out [this preview clip] on the Anderson Live website.
Meg was seen out and about doing some shopping in New York City on Monday. And today it seems Meg and several of her co-presenters for the PBS/THS documentary are taping segments at CNN and Anderson Live. Check out [this picture] that actress Olivia Wilde just tweeted.
‘Last November, Meg Ryan tweeted a picture of a former sex slave she met while on location in Cambodia with journalist Nicholas Kristof to film the Independent Lens special, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (airing on PBS October 1 and 2, check local listings).
Semana, the girl in Ryan’s photo, lost her eye when a brothel owner gouged it out with a knife. She was able to escape when the socket became so infected customers no longer wanted her for sex. Thankfully, Semana and other girls are now being helped by anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, whose foundation rescues and mentors girls and gives them a safe place to live. It’s been almost a year since I saw Ryan’s tweet, and, judging from the PBS previews for next week’s Half the Sky premiere, there’s hope for a happy ending for Semana and others like her. Yet, the thought still lingers: Why, in many parts of the world, are women devalued, abused, even considered disposable? It’s the same question Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide asks as cameras follow half a dozen of Hollywood’s leading ladies (Ryan, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde) around the globe. (…) READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE
Redbook magazine has an article up at their website and in the September issue of their magazine about the upcoming PBS/Half The Sky documentary. The article features quotes from four of the actresses involved with the project. Below you can read Meg’s comments and see the page from the magazine.
“When you educate a boy, you educate a boy. When you educate a girl, you educate a village.”(…) “Nick took me to Cambodia to meet girls who had been sold into the sex trade. Girls get sold by families who are desperately poor, and if they escape and go to the police, the cops will just sell them back into prostitution. Right now, it’s more punishable to pirate a DVD than to sell a girl into the sex trade. Amazingly, these girls don’t see themselves as victims. They have dreams, and believe that with help, they can change their circumstances. And they’re right. If we can keep them in school and out of slavery, we will change not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.”
HOW TO HELP: “Be aware,” says Meg. “But also,” says Nick Kristof, “realize that what we saw in Cambodia happens at home, too. In America we still arrest far more prostitutes than we do pimps or customers.” Support programs like the Somaly Mam Foundation abroad (somaly.org), which helps girls escape sexual slavery, and GEMS (gems-girls.org), which does the same work here in the U.S. SOURCE
Here is a new videoclip for the PBS/Half The Sky documentary, featuring Meg, Diane Lane and Nicholas Kristof and his wife speaking about the documentary. The segment was taped during the TCA weekend in late July, see our earlier posts. Also, for another trailer with an introduction to the documentary CLICK HERE to watch.
According to the website for “Anderson Live” with Anderson Cooper, Meg is one of the upcoming guests on the new season of the show, premiering in CBS September 10th. No doubt it has to do with the PBS/Half The Sky documentary – read more new details about it here at PBS – premiering on PBS October 1st and 2nd.
“(…) The new season will feature trending and breaking news stories, as well as A-list celebrity guests — such as Richard Gere, Beyonce, Jake Gyllenhaal, Claire Danes, Meg Ryan, Ben Affleck, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Kerry Washington, Kelsey Grammer, Carol Burnett and Stephen Colbert.”SOURCE
Meg took part in a panel for the PBS/Half The Sky documentary, together with America Ferrera and NY Times journalist Nicholas Kristoff at the Televison Critics Association Press Tour 2012 in Los Angeles on Sunday. You can read more about the panel discussion at a.o. the Access Hollywood and METRO websites. And the Half The Sky Twitter page has even more quotes from the panel members.