TakePart: After folks finish watching this film, what’s next? What action would you hope they take?
Alison Sudol: It’s going to be different for every person. What I hope to have happen is to have people thinking, “What could I do?” And look into their communities and find out how they can be involved in fighting deforestation. A large part of this film is that it can seem that nothing can change; it can seem like you’re at a dead end. But anything can change—like it did for Pine. Sometimes it will be a difficult journey, but no matter what, it is never the end. You can always learn how to begin again.
“I am honored to be involved with “Half the Sky” and to be able to help raise awareness for this difficult issue that desperately needs attention. Women and girls all around the world are faced with horrors that not even my worst nightmares could touch. Women and girls just like me, my friends, my mother, my cousins- daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers. As a woman, but also as simply a human being, I believe that all women have the right to go about their lives in safety, with dignity, and to be treated with equality and respect.
Half the Sky sheds light on the stories of women who have not been given these basic human rights, giving them a voice in a world that wouldn’t listen before. I’ve donated the song “It’s Alive” to this cause because it is a song of hope after ruin, a discovery of a spark inside which cannot be extinguished. I dedicate it to the brave women who have seen and experienced things too terrible to imagine, who continue to live their lives with eyes lifted towards the new day, with a prayer in their hearts that the world will be kinder to their daughters. I hope we can help make this prayer a reality.”
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