PBS SOCAL AND INDEPENDENT LENS CELEBRATE NEW SEASON OF COMMUNITY CINEMA WITH “HALF THE SKY”
COSTA MESA, Calif. (September 17, 2012) – PBS SoCaL, in partnership with documentary series “Independent Lens”, will begin a new season of Community Cinema with screenings of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” at select venues across Southern California throughout September. PBS SoCaL also will premiere this very special documentary in two-parts Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2 at 9 p.m.
“Half The Sky” takes a somber and painful look at the issue of sex trafficking in Cambodia, where 30 percent of prostitutes are children. The documentary is based on the book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and follows six actress-advocates as they travel to six countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.
The September kick off screenings of “Half the Sky” are part of the Community Cinema initiative which is a groundbreaking public education program featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award® - winning series “Independent Lens” and other PBS presentations. Southern California venues hosting Community Cinema screenings include: KPCC Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, Calif., Warner Grand and Grand Annex in San Pedro, Calif., Chapman University – Dodge College in Orange, Calif., and Soka University – Pauling Hall 216 in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
The “Half the Sky” event at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum is sold out, but PBS SoCaL viewers can participate in screenings at:
• Warner Grand and Grand Annex Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.,
• Chapman University – Dodge College Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.,
• Riverside Public Library - Downtown Branch Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12 p.m., and
• Soka University – Pauling Hall 216 Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
For more information on this month’s “Half the Sky” screening and future showings please visit the PBS SoCaL website at http://www.pbssocal.org
About PBS SoCaL
PBS SoCaL, formerly KOCE-TV, is Southern California’s PBS station dedicated to interactively educating, entertaining, and enlightening the greater Los Angeles area. With its three unique broadcast channels. PBS SoCaL HD, PBS OC, and WORLD TV, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature, and Masterpiece, as well as local productions Real Orange, SoCaL Insider With Rick Reiff, and Bookmark With Maria Hall-Brown. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.