Wonder Woman Gal Gadot highlights 'women of wonder' in Nat Geo film

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  • Impact with Gal Gadot shares the stories of six inspiring women, their hardships and how they're fighting to make a difference in their respective communities.
  • Gal, known for her role as Wonder Woman, and Vanessa Roth take on the part of executive producers for the project, in partnership with National Geographic.
  • "I think that with all these women, what we can see, is that all of them come from difficult circumstances  whether it's violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination or natural disasters  and yet, it fuels them," Gal said.
  • The series has been bundled together into a 120-minute feature film that will air on Sunday, 27 June at 21:00.

Impact with Gal Gadot is a short-form documentary series from National Geographic (DStv 181/StarSat 220) about young women, with six inspiring stories bundled together into a 120-minute feature that will air on Sunday, 27 June at 21:00.

Gal Gadot, known for her role as Wonder Woman, and Vanessa Roth take on the part of executive producers for the project.

The documentary follows the stories of young women making a big impact in their various communities, where they face a range of issues like gang violence, water contamination, environmental issues, discrimination and homelessness.

The women live in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Michigan, California, Louisiana and Tennessee.

"There are endless stories to tell, but among the endless stories that we can tell, there are the stories that are, you know, more extraordinary," said Gal when she spoke to journalists in February at a National Geographic press conference during the Television Critics' Association (TCA) press tour.

"I think that with all these women, what we can see, is that all of them come from difficult circumstances – whether it's violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination or natural disasters – and yet, it fuels them.

"It gives them more power to dare, to dream, to change, to speak up and to really make a change in their communities. I don't know, to be honest, many women with this extent of an impact by the actions that they do, are selflessness and are not about themselves, but purely about the community. I have to say that I myself am so inspired by them," she continued.

About the project, Vanessa Roth said: "We really trusted the women to tell us what's important to them.

"One of the criteria in choosing the women that we chose was how really actually relatable all the women are and to really show how impactful something can be that any of us can do if we actually reach for it and try for it."

Gal said a key component "was to make sure that all of these women had a true impact in their community  it is something that is changing the lives of others".

"And, I know about myself, growing up thinking: How can I change the world? How can I do such a thing? I'm just one person. And when you see all these women together, and in each of the stories on their own, you realise that you can make a change.

"After I've done Wonder Woman, I felt like I had such a big reach to people, and I just wanted to do something good, and I want to use my reach and my platforms to get to as many people and shed light on these amazing, incredible women's stories. So maybe ignite something in them and create a movement of people that just want to do good to the world. But I'm very, very lucky and grateful for being able to have this opportunity to do this."

Vanessa explained that the documentary highlighted how "the idea of obstacles or challenges really come in various forms".

"In the episode that we have in California, it's about a young woman who lost her sister, her twin sister, to Covid. And it's about healing, and it's about how she turned her own grief, where she could have gone and isolated herself. Instead, she turned her own grief to reaching out to help others through surf therapy and through healing.

"I think that the thing that's really, to me, special about the whole series and all the women that we have in it, is that whatever their obstacle or challenge has been, what the commonality of all of it is, is that the women chose to do something in that moment."

'Women of wonder'

Gal referred to the cast of remarkable women as her "women of wonder".

"All of these women are just incredible, and they are the real heroes. I keep on calling them my women of wonder because they are the true heroes.

"I go to set, and I get dressed and I get my costume and sword and everything, and I fight but it's make-believe. They are actually there on the ground, you know, sweating and doing all they can to really make the world a better place."

About her vision for this project, the actor said it was to "create this amazing movement of people that can say, 'Hey, I can do it, too. If she can do it, I can do it, too'."

She added: "I want to make this thing something that would bring such a positive energy and change to the world because the power – and it sounds like cliché, but I'm talking from the bottom of my heart – we all have the power. We're the people.

"We're all one. We're all dealing with different problems and we're the ones that can immediately help each other."

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