Lively, Ashley Judd and other stars see how activists are changing women's lives in new documentary

January 25, 2015 01:30 PM

Blake Lively, Ashley Judd and Mia Farrow are among numerous celebrities taking on causes close to their hearts, and their work is featured in a new documentary.

A Path Appears follows authors and reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn along with celebrity activists as they travel around the world exploring the effects of gender inequality and poverty, and meet with the people determined to change the status quo.

“I have a new perspective of what it means to have your body sold in this country,” Lively, 27, says in an exclusive clip of her involvement with My Life My Choice, which aims to end the sexual exploitation of children. “Not everybody is free. I see how much more opportunity people need.”

Judd, 46, focused on an issue in her own neighborhood.

“Sex trafficking is happening 30 minutes from where I’m sitting right now, in Williamson County, Tennessee and in Davidson County, Tennessee,” she says in the clip. “There’s something emotionally inescapable about confronting the problem here in my own county.”

Judd shared her involvement with the Magdalene program, a residential program for survivors of sex slavery.

“I felt a lot of joy seeing the women in the program but also a lot of righteous anger,” Judd told PEOPLE. “It was a sacred privilege to be invited into these girls’ and women’s lives.”

Farrow, 69, traveled to Kibera, Kenya, for the film with Shining Hope for Communities, which builds schools for girls in urban slums.

“All of the girls who come from this school will do something amazing with their lives and for the lives of others,” says Farrow after seeing the school first-hand. “I never dreamed that change like that could happen in the middle of the Kibera slums. My heart leapt; I actually had to catch my breath. It was incredible how they help these children.”

To learn more about these causes as well as those of Malin Akerman, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard, tune in to A Path Appears, airing Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. on PBS and pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below:

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