At last! Some television worth looking forward to.
The Independent Television Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are teaming up for a three-year, 50-film project called “Women and Girls Lead,” which will put a documentary spotlight on leadership roles of women and girls and the challenges they face in the United States and worldwide.
Most of the films will be broadcast on PBS, including three multipart series, beginning later this year with “Women, War and Peace,” examining how women have been affected by recent wars and their roles in brokering peace.
A four-hour film version of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” based on the book by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will be broadcast in 2012, with the on- and off-camera participation of actresses including Diane Lane and America Ferrera.
This looks to be incredibly wide ranging. Lesson plans and educational resources have been developed to accompany the shows. Make sure you look at Women and Girls Lead. [When you get tired of the fund-raising drives on NPR and PBS think about this kind of work...]
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