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Special Film Screening and Keynote Address from author Sheryl WuDunn
This event is free and open to the public.
Inspired by the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide addresses one of the central moral challenges of our time: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Shot in six different countries, the series follows Kristof and a group of American actresses to some of the places in the world where gender inequality is most extreme, and introduces audiences to the indomitable individuals who are fighting to make a difference. This special screening will feature 45 minutes worth of clips focusing on access to education in Vietnam and human trafficking in Cambodia. View the trailer for the film series.
Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring WuDunn and representatives from youth serving organizations including The Girl Scouts of Western Washington, International Rescue Committee, One by One, and Room to Read. The panel will be moderated by Lisa Clarke, a Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow with the Department of Education.
Free, standards-aligned curricula with short film modules adapted from the series are available through Community Classroom. These resources provide students with opportunities to think more deeply about the issues in the films, and to make connections to similar challenges in the U.S. They offer a strong focus on media creation, media literacy, and community service. Visit itvs.org/educators to order free DVDs, stream video, and download lesson plans.
Presented in partnership with KCTS 9 and Global Washington in Seattle.