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“Being in the slums and walking from barrio to barrio, you can’t walk two steps without seeing a pregnant teen,” Longoria said.
A Path Appears will follow Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Alfre Woodard and Longoria to Haiti, Kenya, Colombia and across the U.S. to explore the effects of gender inequality and poverty and will meet with local activists in the respective cities and countries.
“I didn’t know there were so many pregnant teens here in Colombia,” Longoria says to a local Colombian teen in the clip. “I definitely don’t think [the pregnant teens] are aware that there’s a life outside of the bubble they live in, which is poverty. They don’t believe that they could go study.”
The documentary was executive-produced by Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, Jamie Gordon, and Mira Chang. Chermayeff also directed and Joshua Bennett served as the series producer.
“What I love about documentaries is it humanizes issues. When you put a face to the problem, now all of a sudden you’re invested. You’re invested in this person’s story and their life’s journey,” the Latina actress said.
The three-part series, based on Kristof and WuDunn’s book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will air for three consecutive Mondays — Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 — from 7-8:30 p.m. PT/10-11:30 p.m. ET on PBS. To find out more, visit apathappears.org.
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