New TV series on inspirational SA women


A new television series exploring the lives and leaps of 26 extraordinary South African women, I Am Woman Leap of Faith, will start on SABC3 on Sunday 1 April at 9am.

The 26-part series is produced by former radio talk show host and founder of the Life Stories Project Lisa Chait and producers Lauren Groenewald and Miki Redelinghuys from the award winning Plexus Films.

  The series was commissioned by SABC3 in an effort to give voice to the inner experience and life narratives of South African women.

Story collector and former radio talk show host Lisa Chait wants to find out what makes women tick.  She’s especially interested in what has happened that’s made them embark on leaps of faith and brand new adventures in their lives, especially when faced with some of life’s greatest challenges and hurdles.

Chait discovers that by choice or force of circumstance these courageous, inspirational and ordinary women have learnt profound lessons and radically changed their lives along the way. They share with her how they’ve made bold decisions and determined their futures based on very interesting shifts in their inner and outer lives.

Shot documentary style, each 24 minute episode features one woman’s story punctuated by a rich and layered leap of faith.

I Am Woman Leap of Faith offers an intelligent and heartfelt uncovering of life’s journey, exploring the depth of each woman’s personal experience. It also looks at where women turn to for sustenance and inner resilience.

The “stars’ of the series are a broad and eclectic bunch of fabulous women with one thing that bonds them all: They have experienced a profound moment when they knew for sure that things would never be the same again. They include South African photographer Tracey Derrick who journeys with breast cancer and becomes her own story, making profound choices for herself and those closest to her; gay rights activist Funeka Soldaat who survives a shocking personal attack and makes a profound decision on how she will live the rest of her life; and author, poet, spiritual healer and activist Mmatshilo Motsei who focused on the problems of others and our national wellbeing for years, and is now forced to face her own.


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