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Thursday, August 6, 2020


This Sunday, August 9, 2020, marks the 25th commemoration of the 1956 march of women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. DStv’s line-up of movies and shows this coming week pays homage to the dynamic, enigmatic and complex female heroes and leaders both on and off screen.

Here are some of the biggest female-led ‘moments’ on DStv in the week of August 7 to 13.


1. Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl (Family)

August 8 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15h15

An inspirational biography of Australian jockey Michelle Payne that proves that anything men can do, women can too. The film follows Payne (played by Australian actress, writer, model, and film producer Teresa Palmer), who through perseverance, hard work and more than a couple of obstacles became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup – despite odds of 100 to 1.


2. Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson in Bombshell (Drama)

August 9 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h05

Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman are fierce as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson - their on-screen counterparts on this Sunday-night blockbuster. Kelly and Carlson are American journalists and news anchors who aim to expose the sexual harassment of female employees at the Fox News media empire. Based on a true story, not only do these women show the strength to endure anything thrown at them but their vulnerability endears us to them until the very end.


3. Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Family)

August 8 on M-Net Movies Smile (DStv Channel 105) at 19h00

Princesses can be fiercely independent, too – just ask Naomi Scott’s Jasmine in this modern remake of the classic tale. The film was acclaimed for its strong themes of feminism and female independence and empowerment, fitting for the milestone Women’s Day weekend. Also starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud, Scott easily steals the show portraying a princess we can all look up to in this primetime family movie.


 4. Phiona Mutesi in Queen of Katwe (Sports Drama)

August, 9 on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 21h00

This inspirational story gives us not one but two female role models to look up to. Phiona Mutesi’s smarts and desire to become more are admirable qualities while the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o, who hails from Kenya, shows us that Africa has no shortage of world-class talent.


5. Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 18h15

Hilary Swank’s character (Julie Pierce) is a strong contender for the spotlight in this 90s throwback. Not only does Julie Pierce find her inner warrior but she does so in the best 90s fashion – without a care to what others thought.


6. Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil in G.I. Jane (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 20h00

“I’m not interested in being some poster girl for women’s rights”, says G I Jane’s titular character but that did not stop her from becoming an inspirational figure for an entire generation of girls battling the odds for what they want. Classic in every sense of the word and starring the talented Demi Moore, the film’s message can still be felt today, as we see a female Senator succeed in enrolling a woman into Navy SEALS training where everyone expects her to fail.