The Nine Network’s Community Cinema Series Begins September 5

Film Half the Sky With Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Others Opens the Nine Network’s Monthly Series at the Missouri History Museum


St. Louis, MOAugust 24, 2012—Segments from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a landmark documentary miniseries, kick off the sixth season of the Nine Network’s Community Cinema Series at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. The monthly Community Cinema Series presents documentaries for free and includes a post-screening discussion in keeping with the film’s theme. All screenings are on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Half the Sky, by filmmaker Maro Chermayeff and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, follows six actress-advocates — America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde — as they meet inspiring, courageous individuals in Africa and Asia who are confronting oppression and developing solutions for women and girls through health care, education and economic empowerment.

The films in the Community Cinema Series come from the weekly documentary television series Independent Lens, which returns to Nine PBS in November. The complete list of Community Cinema films follows. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are part of Nine’s Women and Girls Lead initiative. 

  • Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide * (September 5)
    follows celebrity activists as they meet inspiring, courageous individuals confronting oppression worldwide.
  • As Goes Janesville (October 3) looks at how the citizens of Janesville, Wisconsin, are in an ideological battle to improve life for America’s dwindling middle class.
  • Solar Mamas * (November 7) accompanies a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four who is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India’s Barefoot College.
  • Soul Food Junkies (January 9) puts the heart of African Americans’ culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its significance and its consequences.
  • The Powerbroker (February 6) explores the accomplishments of Whitney M. Young Jr., one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era.
  • Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines * (March 6) traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of the original comic book Amazon, Wonder Woman, from her creation in the 1940s to the superhero blockbusters of today.
  • The Island President (April 3) examines how Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is confronting a uniquely tragic problem: His is the most low-lying country in the world; a minor rise in sea level would literally erase it from the map.
  • The Revolutionary Optimists * (May 1) shows how one woman taught children in India to use street theater, dance and data as weapons to cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half, increase polio vaccination rates, and turn garbage dumps into playing fields.
  • Love Free or Die (June 5) profiles an Episcopal bishop who has two defining passions that the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner, Mark.

For more about the Community Cinema Series, visit The Community Cinema Series is made possible by a grant from The Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.

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