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Women and Girls Lead : Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today the rollout of its second year of documentary broadcasts in support of the Women and Girls Lead campaign, a multiyear public media initiative to focus, educate, and connect citizens worldwide in support of the issues facing women and girls. The new slate of programs launches October 1 and 2, 2012, with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a special presentation of Independent Lens. Inspired by the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the two-part series was filmed in 10 countries and is driven by the growing awareness that empowering women is the best way to increase prosperity and stability around the globe. "We're thrilled to bring Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to public television audiences," said Sally Jo Fifer, ITVS President and CEO. "This is a pillar program for our Women and Girls Lead initiative, and it sets the stage for a remarkable season of Women and Girls Lead films." Other programs premiering from the Women and Girls Lead catalog this coming year include Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim's Solar Mamas (November 2012), which chronicles India's Barefoot College and its mission to provide rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable, and is part of an international multiplatform series including eight films that are part of a global debate, asking the question, WHY POVERTY?; Kirby Dick's The Invisible War (May 2013) reveals one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military; and Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (March 2013), Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's film tracing the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman — going behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, and others, who offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre. Broadcasting in Spring of 2013 is Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen's Revolutionary Optimists, which follows Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur, as he sows hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health, health, transforming their communities for the better; and Kind Hearted Woman, acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland's (The Farmer's Wife, Country Boys) portrait of a Native American woman who struggles between saving her family and risking it all to help her Indian community and abused women. For a complete list of the upcoming broadcasts, visit: Learn more about ITVS:

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