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The series shows that one person can make a huge difference, and the women featured are empathetic and compassionate as they prioritize helping others in their communities.
Positive Role Models
All of the featured impact makers are outstanding role models who are working to better the world in their own ways. Many of them work against stereotypes and traditional expectations, like the Black figure skating group in Detroit, and the teen fighting for clean water in Puerto Rico, where she says women are often told to keep quiet.
Violence & Scariness
People suffering from extreme poverty on the streets are briefly shown. A woman dying of Covid-19 is shown talking in her hospital bed. Many people featured are working through trauma, though details are not explicitly discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Impact with Gal Gadot is a documentary series about women who've made an impact in other people's lives. Hosted by actor Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), each segment shares the story of a woman -- like Kelsey, who lost her twin sister to COVID-19 and now runs a surf therapy group in Half Moon Bay, helping other women who've suffered through grief and trauma. Another woman, Kameryn, runs the only figure skating program for girls of color in Detroit, helping them find their voices and confidence through movement. The featured women's experiences are intense and emotional and may be too much for younger kids to process, but each one sets an incredible example. Tweens and teens may find themselves motivated to make an impact in their own communities after seeing these short but powerful stories.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring docuseries beautifully highlights how meaningful it is to give back to your community, and the many unique ways it's possible to make an impact. Each story is visually beautiful in the classic National Geographic style, and while Gadot's only on screen for a moment as she introduces the segments, it's nice to see her putting her fame and energy into giving other strong women deserved attention. Listening and being listened to is a theme that runs through each of the segements; skating teacher Camryn in particular listens to one of her students, who learns to love her hair after feeling bad about it. While the segments are short, they are powerful. Some are very intense and pack a emotional punch into their brief running times, but that's also a testament to how much story and -- impact -- can fit into 12 minutes.
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