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Community Cinema season launches in Fayetteville with screening of highly anticipated ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), Fayetteville Public Library and KUAF 91.3FM invite the public to a free advance screening of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” as part of Community Cinema Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at Fayetteville Public Library, 401 West Mountain Street.

“Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book by the same name. Six 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 with individuals working to influence change and the women and girls who confront extreme gender inequality every day.

Women and girls around the globe daily face threats of trafficking, prostitution, violence and discrimination. “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” shows the fearless women and men who are developing innovative ways to turn the tide.

This special Community Cinema screening of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” will preview one of six stories featured in the mini-series, which will air on AETN in two parts Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, at 8 each night. The film is also part of ITVS’ Women and Girls Lead Initiative.

A community discussion will follow the screening. Panelists include: former Arkansas Rep. Lindsley Smith, communication director for the City of Fayetteville; Anita Schnee, research attorney and student of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication; Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville and involved with Seven Hills Homeless Center, Community Meals and the work of the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families; and Cynthia Nance, Dean Emeritus & Nathan G Gordon Professor of Law from the UA Law School.

Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting aetn.org/communitycinema.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

Women and Girls Lead is a multiyear public media initiative to focus, educate and connect citizens worldwide in support of the issues facing women and girls. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

The Fayetteville Public Library’s mission is to strengthen the community, empower citizens with free and public access to knowledge, inspire imagination, foster learning, be powerfully relevant and be completely accessible. Additional information is available at faylib.org.

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