A Path Appears

(Rochester, NY) – A Path Appears, from the creative team behind the groundbreaking series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, follows author/reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and celebrity activists Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States as they explore the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow — including sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and child slavery. In their travels, they meet with inspiring activists who are creating effective solutions to gender-based oppression, transforming lives and providing a roadmap for sustainable future change. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, a three-part series premieres as a special presentation of Independent Lens on three consecutive Monday nights, January 26, February 2, and February 9, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Episode One airs Monday, January 26 at 10 p.m.

The Department of Justice estimates that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S. A Path Appears introduces individual survivors behind these shocking numbers, and illuminates the widespread existence of a crime happening in our own backyards. In this episode, Ashley Judd and Nicholas Kristof meet Shana Goodwin, whose earliest memories are of being sexually abused by her grandfather. Shana guides them through the streets of Nashville where she was first sold to a pimp by her mother at the age of 12. Through Shana, we meet a pimp waiting on three of his girls to return with “$40, no less,” women actively in the life, and other women like Shana who, through the intervention of the widely-acclaimed Magdalene program, have managed to leave prostitution behind and find a new life.

Episode Two airs Monday, February 2 at 10 p.m.

With Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner returns to her native West Virginia to visit families enrolled in Save the Children’s Early Steps program, which introduces books and early learning to children living in poverty, and provides social and emotional support for the mothers. The episode next heads to Haiti, where Alfre Woodard joins Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to meet Rea Dol, founder and leader of SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Pétion-Ville). Please note: This episode will also screen as part of WXXI's Community Cinema series on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre and will be followed by a panel discussion. Click here for details. This special screening is part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative: Learn more at: http://wxxi.org/grad.

Episode Three airs Monday, February 9 at 10 p.m.
In this episode, Nicholas Kristof and Regina Hall visit Atlanta to explore the work of two organizations that combat domestic violence. At the Women’s Resource Center, a shelter, aid, and advocacy organization for battered women, they meet Ayonna Johnson, a legal advocate who gives them a first-hand look at how the legal system often works against abused women.  In Kenya, actress/activist Mia Farrow and journalist Ronan Farrow join Kristof as they visit Shining Hope, an organization working for change in Kibera, one of the worst slums in the country — and the world.

Pictured: Preschool students at the SOPUDEP school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Credit:Courtesy of Audrey Hall, courtesy of Show of Force

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