From Executive Producers Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Jaron Varsano (“Cleopatra”) and Academy Award®-Winning Filmmaker Vanessa Roth (“Freeheld”), New Short-Form Documentary Series Follows Six Exceptional Women Making an Impact in Their Communities

IMPACT WITH GAL GADOT Premieres April 19, 2021, Across National Geographic’s Digital and Social Platforms, With Full-Length Broadcast Premiere in June 2021

In the heart of some of the most difficult circumstances in the world, there exist beacons of hope. National Geographic Presents: IMPACT WITH GAL GADOT is a compelling new six-part short-form documentary series from executive producers Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Jaron Varsano (“Cleopatra”), Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth (“Freeheld”), Entertainment One’s (eOne) Tara Long (Emmy®-nominated “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later”) and RPC’s Ryan Pallota that follows the powerful stories of resilient young women around the globe who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things.

Tuany Nascimento with her students. The goal of Na Ponta do Pes (Tip Toe) is to keep young girls focused on themselves, their studies and to keep them away from illegal activities, drugs, and dangerous men. The social project gives the girls hope for a life outside the favela. (Entertainment One)
Kameryn Everett, right, a Detroit Figure Skating coach, realizes that most figure skaters don’t look like her. She loves that she can provide an open and inclusive environment for other young girls of color to learn the sport that she is so passionate about. (Entertainment One)

IMPACT follows inspiring women living in communities marred by violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination, oppression and natural disasters, and yet, against all odds, dare to dream, stand out, speak up and lead. National Geographic announced today the stories of the six brave women featured in the series, which include a 19 year old college student in Puerto Rico who, after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, is on a mission to ensure that every person struggling has access to clean and safe water; a trauma therapist in Half Moon Bay, California, who lost her twin sister to COVID-19 and is turning her grief to impact by healingwomen through surf therapy; a formally homeless transwoman in Memphis, Tennessee,who is building houses for other transgender women in need of homes; a ballerina in the most dangerous area of Brazil, who through dance has created a community that lifts young girls towards a better future; a figure skater who has broken barriers in her sport and dedicates her life to coaching and empowering young girls of color on and off the ice; and the first female chief of a coastal southern Louisiana tribe, who is expected to be among the first climate refugees in the United States, as she impacts the legacy of her ancestors, the lives of her community today and the future of her people.

National Geographic Presents: IMPACT WITH GAL GADOT premieres April 19, 2021, across National Geographic’s digital and social platforms. The documentary shorts will first release digitally and then culminate in a full-length documentary special to premiere on the National Geographic channel globally in 172 countries and 43 languages in June 2021.

Gal Gadot (Photo by: Jason Bell)

GAL GADOT serves as executive producer of National Geographic’s upcoming short-form documentary series IMPACT with Gal Gadotwhich follows the powerful stories of six resilient young women around the globe who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things. 

Gadot is rapidly emerging as one of Hollywood’s most engaging and sought-after talents.  She debuted as Diana/Wonder Woman in the blockbuster “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and in 2017, she starred again in the role in the first-ever “Wonder Woman” feature, which was the highest-grossing film of the season, taking in more than $820 million worldwide. 

For her role as Diana/Wonder Woman, Gadot won the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the 2018 #SeeHer Award at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. She also won the 2018 MTV Movie + TV Award for Best Fight and the 2017 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action. “Wonder Woman” was honored with the spotlight award at the 2017 National Board of Review.

It was just announced that Gadot will star as Cleopatra in an upcoming film for Paramount Motion Pictures. The film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven, Patty Jenkins, Gadot and her Pilot Wave Motion Pictures partner, Jaron Varsano. It was also recently announced that Gadot is set to star in “Heart of Stone,” an espionage thriller developed by Skydance Media and directed by Tom Harper. Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the film.  

In December, Gadot starred in and produced the highly anticipated sequel, “Wonder Woman 1984,” for Warner Bros. She will next be seen in Fox’s remake of “Death on the Nile” alongside Kenneth Branagh releasing on Sept. 17, 2021. She recently wrapped production on the Netflix action thriller “Red Notice,” in which she will star opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ryan Reynolds. The film will release in fall 2021.

Gadot is set to produce “My Dearest Fidel” alongside Sue Kroll and Jaron Varsano. She is also in talks to star in the film which follows the untold story of how ABC journalist Lisa Howard became one of Fidel Castro’s leading American confidants. She will also star in and executive produce a Showtime series based on the life and career of Hedy Lamarr. 

In 2019, it was announced that Gadot has formed a production company, alongside her husband, Jaron Varsano, titled Pilot Wave. The company will produce the historical thriller “Irena Sendler” in which she will star as the title character for Warner Bros. Additionally, Pilot Wave is developing a U.S. version of the hit Israeli series “Queens” with Endemol Shine North America. The series follows women who band together to take over the family business after their men are murdered by a rival crime syndicate. 

Pilot Wave has partnered with National Geographic for a women-focused six-episode docuseries titled “Impact.” Gadot is an executive producer on the series. The series will premiere on April 19, 2021.   

Her other film credits include Shank in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”; Warner Bros.Pictures’ “Justice League” opposite Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller; Gisele in “Fast & Furious, “Fast Five,” “Fast & Furious” and “Furious 7”; John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9” with Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson; Ariel Vromen’s action film “Criminal” with Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman; and the comedy  “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” opposite Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis.


Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth serves as executive producer and director of National Geographic’s upcoming short-form documentary seriesIMPACT with Gal Gadotwhich follows the powerful stories of six resilient young women around the globe who overcome obstacles and do extraordinary things. 

Roth is an Academy Award, Emmy Honors, DuPont-Columbia and Sundance Award-winning nonfiction filmmaker with over 25 years of creating documentary features, series and shorts. Among her many projects, she is the executive producer, writer and director of the Emmy Honors-winning international series, Daughters of Destiny (NETFLIX Originals), Oscar® winner for her film Freeheld (HBO) and is currently directing the upcoming Premium Documentary Mary J Blige’s My Life (Amazon Originals). 

Roth creates and oversees multimillion-dollar international projects with the goal of bringing our common humanity to light, amplify the stories of marginalized people and forgotten narratives in history – and promote social justice and shatter the idea of “otherness” through honest, authentic and intimate character driven storytelling led by the subjects of her films themselves. 

Her projects are made around the world, from big cities to the most rural villages, and are made in partnership with both studios and broadcasters including Netflix, Amazon, Discovery, PBS, HBO, Discovery, A&E, ESPN, Nat Geo, the BBC as well as with foundations, organizations, museums, memorial halls, public art exhibitions and universities. Her work has screened at Obama’s Youth Presidential Inauguration events, the Obama White House, for multiple sessions in Congress, inside the United Nations and UNESCO, NBC Education Nation, Oprah and NPR. Roth has been a Thought Partner to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the USC Shoah Foundation, has been a TEDX speaker as well as key note speaker and adjunct professor for universities, organizations and foundations focused on youth and female empowerment, ethics, legacy, memory, history and storytelling. 

Her international work has garnered the highest of honors in documentary, film, television and journalism with over 60 awards including the Oscar, the Television Academy Emmy Award for Social Impact, Sundance Prizes, Cine Golden Eagles, Casey Medals, Impact Doc Awards for Best in Show and Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking, IDA nominations, Audience Awards and Jury Prizes at festivals around the world, as well as top honors for work in social impact, social justice, witness to history and legacy, youth empowerment and women’s rights.

Before making films, Roth was a child advocate in New York and California family and juvenile courts and schools, and worked with the sex crimes unit of the LAPD in her work with the Stuart House/Rape Treatment Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and psychology from UCLA and holds a master’s degree in social work and minor in family law from Columbia University.  

Some of Roth’s additional projects include The Other Side (30 for 30 on ESPN), Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses (Discovery), The Girl and the Picture (theatrical), The Texas Promise (PBS), Taken In (PBS), Aging Out (PBS), No Tomorrow (PBS), Close to Home (theatrical, Discovery), 911 Toxic Dust (A&E), Third Monday in October (theatrical/Sundance Channel/ special presentation at President Obama’s inauguration).

Roth lives in New York with her husband and three children, and is the daughter of Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Eric Roth. 


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