Movie inspired by best-selling book will play in five San Diego County locations
In honor of International Women’s Day, CARE will present Half the Sky LIVE in movie theaters nationwide at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4.
Inspired by the best-selling book from Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky LIVE celebrates International Women’s Day 2010 with musical performances, celebrity commentary and the world premiere of “Woineshet,” a powerful short film directed by Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone.
The film, like the book, draws attention to the cycle of violence and oppression experienced worldwide by women and young girls. Additionally, it provides practical ways for audience members to be a part of the solution and participate in the growing movement to empower women and girls in the fight against global poverty.
Half the Sky LIVE is also an interactive event, including appearances by: India.Arie, Maria Bello, Diane Birch, Michael Franti, Dr. Helene Gayle (CARE), Angelique Kidjo, Nicholas Kristof, Rachel Mayanja (UN), Marisa Tomei, Sarah the Duchess of York, and Sheryl WuDunn.
“Woineshet” tells the story of a brave teenager from a small village in Ethiopia who, along with her family, fought back against a brutal local tradition of rape and forced marriage. Woineshet Zebene was just 13 when four men hacked down the front door of her home, kidnapped her and took her to a nearby shack where she was raped and beaten. The leader of the group was arrested and then promptly set free – only to attack Woineshet again.
He tried to force her to marry him, since at the time Ethiopian law stated that a man could not be prosecuted for violating a woman or girl whom he later married. Instead of giving in to such a marriage, Woineshet took a huge risk and vowed to prosecute her rapist.
Woineshet’s extraordinary courage and resolve is an inspiration to human rights advocates in Ethiopia and around the world.
About the authors
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are co-authors of "Half the Sky." Kristof writes an Op-Ed column for The New York Times. WuDunn is an investment adviser, with a focus on philanthropy. Together, they won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China. They have also won a George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club Award.
Kristof also won a second Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on human rights issues, along with the Michael Kelly Award, the Online News Association Award and the ASNE Award. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first-class honors.
WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer, has been an executive at The New York Times and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust. She graduated from Cornell University, and has master’s degrees from Harvard Business School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Together, they have also written two books about Asia - "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia" and "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power."
Established in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women, because equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Working in more than 70 countries, women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity.
CARE has partnered with Rainbow World Fund (RWF) since 2004, working on a variety of projects, primarily focused on food security and disaster relief. Founded in 2000, RWF is an international relief agency that provides a platform and a united voice for LGBT compassion and concern to be seen and heard throughout the world. For more information about RWF please visit their Web site.
“We believe that CARE’s focus on empowering women and girls is the best approach to solving the complex problem of poverty in developing countries,” said RWF Executive Director, Jeff Cotter.
“As LGBT people we know the tremendous power of "coming out." This film takes the issue of violence against women out of the closet. Violence against women is a men's issue as much as a woman's issue, because when violence happens anywhere against anyone, it happens to us all.”
Five movie theaters in San Diego County will show the film Thursday evening: AMC La Jolla Village 12, AMC Mission Valley 20, AMC Otay Ranch 12 and the Regent/Edwards theaters in Mira Mesa and Horton Plaza.
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