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6 Degrees Entertainment

'A Path Appears'
(Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard, et al / 2-DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)

Overview: A Path Appears 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.

DVD Verdict: From the team behind Half the Sky, 'A Path Appears' uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, and solutions being implemented to combat them. Sadly, and shockingly, that includes sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and even child slavery.

In their travels, they meet with inspiring activists who are creating effective solutions to gender-based oppression, transforming lives and providing a road map for sustainable future change. Based on the best-selling book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 'A Path Appears' honors the true value and dignity of women and girls and magnificently humanizes not only survivors but also the activists and educators; many of them also survivors, who are creating real change in the face of an enormous problem that, if not physically, subliminally affects every one of us.

The domestic violence advocate was incredible. And I was completely riveted by the men’s group footage. I felt like I was seeing something on television for the first time. To hear these men describe what they had done, and to see the non-recognition that what they were doing constituted abuse — this is intense filmmaking at its best. And when the leader of the men's group said "we always try to pretend this is about individual bad men, but it’s really society that permits this kind of thing to continue," well, it was just so powerful to hear.

Indeed, Esta Soler, founder of Futures without Violence, speaks about violence against women in conjunction with the final episode of 'A Path Appears,' which tackles the issue in the United States and abroad. That section alone is enough to make you shudder to know, nay understand that these horrible acts against women are happening here, so close to home. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.