Women of Impact on Nat GeoWomen of Impact on Nat Geo is a new series which showcases history-making and boundary-breaking women whose stories create a stunning portrait of their past, present and future impact on our world.

They live among primates in the jungle, dive the oceans for clues to the health of our planet, uncover our human origins in African caves and test new technologies in outer space. They break glass ceilings in newsrooms, boardrooms, courtrooms and classrooms.

Oscar-nominated documentary feature The Cave will premiere on National Geographic channel (DStv 181) on Sunday 8 March at 9pm, on International Women’s Day, marking the start of the channel’s Women of Impact celebration. The Cave unveils the harrowing true story of an underground hospital in war-torn Syria and the inspirational female doctor running it. Thereafter, each Sunday night until South African Women’s Day (9 August 2020), Nat Geo will play host to more stories of remarkable, diverse, brave and heroic women, from Jane Goodall, to Diana, Princess of Wales, Amelia Earhart and many more.

Women of Impact on Nat Geo programming will include: 

The Cave | Sunday 8 March at 9pm

From Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) comes The Cave, a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity. For besieged civilians in war-torn Syria, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where paediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above.

Women of Impact | Sunday 15 March at 9pm

It all starts with one question: How will you make the world a better place? From household names to rising stars, meet the women who are changing our world. The ground breaking documentary Women of Impact  features interviews with more than 40 boundary-breaking, history-making women including Sylvia Earle, Melinda Gates, Rae Wynn-Grant, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Jane Goodall, Dian Vossey, Jacinda Ardern and Beverly Joubert.

Katie’s new face | Sunday 22 March at 9pm

This short film is difficult to look at. Yet we are asking you to go on the remarkable journey of how a young woman received a face transplant because it reveals something profound about our humanity. Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she was 18. When she was 21, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio gave her a new one.

Diana: In her own words | Sunday 29 March at 9pm

In 1991, inside London’s Kensington Palace, Diana, Princess of Wales, participated in a series of secret interviews, recorded with her permission by a close friend on behalf of journalist Andrew Morton. Morton was writing a book about Diana’s life to reveal what life was really like for the most photographed woman in the world. The public was unaware that Diana, Princess of Wales’, marriage to HRH Prince of Wales was at a crisis point. Now, National Geographic Documentary Films reveals Diana’s thoughts and feelings at a very specific point in her life, presenting one side of a very complicated story, her side. Entirely in her voice, with no interviews, most of these unique recordings have never been broadcast before.

Tarini | Sunday 19 April at 9pm

Tarini is the story of six young women in one small sailboat out to conquer three oceans on their bid to circumnavigate the world. It’s a trip of a lifetime. The girls will be out at sea for over 200 days before they return home and touch land just four times. That was the plan. But the oceans and the winds had other plans for the young naval women. The film spans their journey around the world, the challenges faced and celebrates the spirit of these six brave women.

Jane Goodall: The Hope | Sunday 26 March at 8pm

The next chapter of Dr. Jane Goodall’s life’s work unfolds in Jane Goodall: The Hope. The two-hour documentary special will take viewers through chapters of Dr. Goodall’s journey in the 60 sixty years since her groundbreaking discoveries in Gombe researching wild chimpanzees, including her activism, creation of her non-profit organization, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Roots & Shoots youth program, along with her current efforts to inspire the next generation.

Viking Warrior Women | Sunday 31 May at 9pm

Viking Warrior Women explores new discoveries that challenge everything we thought we knew, and showcases how cutting edge science and technology have revealed evidence that elite viking warrior women lived and fought more than a thousand years ago.

Expedition Amelia | Sunday 7 June at 21:00

Expediation Amelia follows National Geographic explorer Bob Ballard’s quest to solve one of the most enduring mysteries of all time—the loss of another famed explorer, Amelia Earhart. Along the way it also tells the extraordinary and often overlooked story of Amelia herself—a record breaker and tireless advocate for women’s rights, a hundred years ahead of her time.

Genius: Aretha | Premieres with a double bill of episodes 1 and 2 on Sunday 14 June at 8pm, thereafter one episode per week, on Sundays at 9pm until Sunday 9 August 2020.

Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo will star as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of the Emmy-winning global anthology series Genius: Aretha. This upcoming season will be the first-ever, definitive and only authorised scripted limited series on the life of the universally acclaimed Queen of Soul. Genius: Aretha dramatises the fascinating stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators, exploring their extraordinary achievements along with their volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. The third season of the anthology series will explore Franklin’s musical genius and incomparable career, as well as the immeasurable impact and lasting influence she has had on music and culture around the world.

What: Women of Impact on Nat Geo

Where and when: National Geographic, DStv Channel 181 from 8 March 2020