Actress Gal Gadot, known for playing the role of Wonder Woman in cinema, is producing a documentary series for National Geographic about inspiring women from the real world, including Brazilian Tuany Nascimento.
“All these women are amazing and the real heroines. My female wonders, ”said Gal Gadot, in a presentation session of the“ Impact ”series during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter tour.
“They are on the ground sweating and doing everything they can to make the world a better place ”, he described.
With six episodes, “Impact”Shows the stories of several women who live in difficult contexts, surrounded by violence, poverty and discrimination, and who have overcome circumstances to create movements with a profound impact on their communities.
“This past year has been so dark and difficult for all of us“Said Gal Gadot. “I am ‘super in love’ with this project and there are many more stories to come. It is important to share them ”.
One of the episodes follows Tuany Nascimento and the creation of his classical dance school (‘ballet’) “Na Ponta dos Pés” in one of the most dangerous slums in Rio de Janeiro, Morro do Adeus. It was the Brazilian path that inspired Gal Gadot looking for more “incredible stories” and telling them in a documentary series.
“People really listen to me“Said Gal Gadot, explaining that he wanted to use his platform and notoriety to bring these stories to the fore and create a movement of people who want to do good.
“I am a mother of two girls and my belief system is very similar to that of Wonder Woman: compassion, love, peace, positivity, trying to make the world better ”, he said.
The Brazilian Tuany Nascimento, who also participated in the TCA session, explained the importance of having your story told on National Geographic.
“To be in this documentary is to leverage the voice of these girls, say who we are to the world and cease to exist only within the community of Rio ”, he said. “And giving these girls a different path and trajectory, making an impact in practice”.
Gadot praised the role of the ballet teacher, stressing that what she does helps unprotected youth to escape the vicious circle of slums. “Thanks to Tuany, they can dream bigger, get out of this cycle and completely change their lives ”.
Another story is in Detroit, with an ice skating teacher, Kameryn Everett, who became a mentor to African American children and young girls.
“This movie opened my eyes. I spent all this time teaching and I never realized the impact I was having on them ”, said Everett during the event. “It seemed like the right thing to do. It took a series for me to understand what I was doing ”.
Debuting in the United States on April 19, the episodes of “Impact” will have the format of a short film. Gal Gadot indicated that the work will continue.
“There are countless stories to tell. All of these women come from difficult circumstances, violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination, natural disasters. And yet, it encourages them, ”described Gadot.
“It gives them more power to dare to dream, to manifest themselves and to create changes in their community,” he added. “I am so inspired by them myself. It’s great to do something that’s not about me, it’s about them ”.
In addition to Gadot, the series is executive produced by Jaron Varsano, husband of actress, and director Vanessa Roth, who explained in the TCA session that the film crews were chosen locally based on the experience of the women portrayed.
“This is about their stories, their voices, their experience,” said Roth, who won an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 2008, with “Freeheld“.
“The idea of an obstacle takes many different forms,” he continued. “Whatever their obstacle, the common basis is that these women chose to do something about this”.
The real life heroines, celebrated and inspired by the actress who recently brought us one of the most iconic fictional heroines. Wonder Woman 1984, already in theaters, if we could go there.