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  • A Path Appears uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and solutions to combat them.

    A Path Appears uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and solutions to combat them.

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  • Savannah with her mother, Sara, at their home outside of Boston, MA

    Savannah with her mother, Sara, at their home outside of Boston, MA

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  • Eva Longoria and a child from Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia

    Eva Longoria and a child from Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation in Cartagena, Colombia

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  • Jennifer Garner with Nicholas Kristof on location in West Virginia

    Jennifer Garner with Nicholas Kristof on location in West Virginia

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  • Alfre Woodard with a young girl on location in Haiti

    Alfre Woodard with a young girl on location in Haiti

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  • Preschool students at the SOPUDEP school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

    Preschool students at the SOPUDEP school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

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  • Malin Akerman, actor/activist, being interviewed in Chicago

    Malin Akerman, actor/activist, being interviewed in Chicago

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  • Savannah and Blake Lively on location in Boston

    Savannah and Blake Lively on location in Boston

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  • Ashley Judd with a group of girls at the Thistle Stop Café in Nashville

    Ashley Judd with a group of girls at the Thistle Stop Café in Nashville

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The Film

A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Sex trafficking and prostitution. Domestic slavery. Teen pregnancy. The devastation of poverty. These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards — in Chicago and Nashville and Boston.

In the second part, the series continues around the globe tracking children in Haiti, living in abject poverty after years of political corruption during times of violent protest and captures the transformation of Kenya’s most notorious slum through expanded education for girls. The series uncovers the roots behind the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change.

From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the four-hour series A Path Appears will air on PBS as a special presentation of Independent Lens in early 2015 as part of the Women and Girls Lead initiative. With Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and a number of celebrity activists as guides — including Malin Akerman, Jennifer Garner, Mia Farrow, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard, each with painful stories from their own pasts — A Path Appears journeys across the country and around the globe to drive home shocking stories of gender inequality and vulnerability.

The Filmmaker

  1. Maro ChermayeffProducer