National Geographic’s Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot
By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/28/21 – THT was recently invited to the West Coast virtual premiere of National Geographic’s IMPACT, a documentary series highlighting the travails and heroic triumphs of 6 extraordinary women who have not only conquered discrimination, poverty, and grief in their own lives but have also turned their strength outward to inspire and help others confront and conquer similar obstacles.
Kelsey and her sister loved to surf. They were not only sisters but best friends forever. Audrey’s other passion was healing, and her passion was rewarded when she became a transplant nurse. Then Covid came. Audrey would be stricken in January 2020 before the virus seeped into our consciousness and before proper diagnostics were available. We see heartbreaking video footage of Audrey on oxygen attempting to comfort and reassure Kelsey. Audrey would be among the first casualties of the virus. Kelsey eventually carries on with life and starts up a women’s therapy group combining surf and grief. As the women learn to navigate the ocean waves, they also learn to ride out the waves of grief that they all experience.
National Geographic has its finger on the pulse. These bite-sized twelve-minute segments are briskly paced and provide just enough meat on the bone, along with a dash of Hallmark fairy dust. Young viewers will draw inspiration, yet are spared the more graphic background details of the stories profiled. IMPACT has a target audience that skews decidedly female. However, the lesson of good works birthed by poor circumstances is applicable to all genders.