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NITV celebrates International Women's Day


Marking International Women’s Day, NITV spotlights Indigenous women throughout March with a host of dedicated Australian and international programming, including Australian TV premieres of insightful documentary Kind Hearted Women and critically-acclaimed film, Drunktown’s Finest.

Every Sunday from 1 March features a special focus, the month’s Black List (9-12 March), showcases classic female movies, including Radiance and Precious and Stan Grant will host a special Awaken - Influencers and Game-changers (Wednesday 25 March, 9.30pm), discussing the role of women in shaping society and breaking down barriers.

Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, says: “International Women’s Day is an important day in the calendar where we can recognise and reflect on the efforts of women from across the world. Indigenous women are an integral part of our culture and communities and a dedicated season, featuring a range of stories, is a perfect way to mark these efforts.”

Two-part factual series, Kind Hearted Woman (Australian premiere, Sunday 1 and 8 March, 9.30pm) illuminates the epidemic of child sexual abuse on Native American reservations and the growing scandal of some tribes’ failure to protect those children. Acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland creates a portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Reservation. Sutherland follows Robin over three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

The mean girls in Catfight (Australian premiere, Sunday 8 March, 8.30pm) reveal how they torment, ridicule, and abuse the women at the edges of their social circle. With the aid of sociologists and psychologists, this documentary sets out to debate the nature versus nurture argument of their actions.

March’s Black List starts with Mulan (Monday 9 March, 9pm), which follows a young girl from a family without a male heir, who disguises herself as a man to save her aging father from the horrors of the battlefield. Her remarkable courage in an all-male army made her a true leader, playing a critical role in defending the nation in a time of war.


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