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They’re courageous and bold and inspiring, facing the world with gusto and guts. These series and movies on Showmax show that girls really do rule the world.

1. Gideonette De La Rey in Meerkat Maantuig (2017)

Meerkat Maantuig on Showmax

When young Gideonette’s father is killed in a freak accident, she retreats to a dark place until her mother sends her to live with her grandparents in the Magoebaskloof forest. There, she makes a friend who shows her a new world and helps her overcome her fear when he introduces her to his moonship. This beautiful Afrikaans film with English subtitles has won a number of awards both at home and overseas, including the Kids Award at the 2018 Filem’on: International Children’s Film Festival Brussels and a SAFTA for the Best Achievement in Cinematography: Feature Film. Watch now »

2. Jo in Supa Modo (2018)

This gorgeous, uplifting Kenyan movie is about Jo, a witty, superhero-obsessed nine-year-old who is terminally ill. Her family takes her back to her rural village to live out the rest of her life when the doctors can do more for her, and here she plans to fulfil her dream of becoming a superhero who can fly. The village teams up to help make her dream come true. Winner of over 50 international awards, Supa Modo is a family movie that will change the way you look at the world. Watch now »

3. April in April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

Set in Paris in 1941, this surreal animated film offers an alternative history of the world, where none of the technological advances of the past century ever took place. There’s no electricity, radio or TV, and everything runs on steam power. In this world, teenaged April (“Avril” in French) goes on a quest to find her scientist parents, who have vanished mysteriously, along with many other scholars and inventors. Featuring the voice of Marion Cotillard, this charming film won Best Feature at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Watch now »

4. Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

HBO’s epic series features many fierce, fearless females, but Arya is among the youngest, and, in Season 8, has become the show’s truest hero, since her brave fight against the Night King ensured the survival of the whole of the Seven Kingdoms. Just between us, if we could choose someone to sit on the Iron Throne, we’d pick her, with her sister Sansa coming in a close second. To find out who will win the Last War, stream the last episodes of Season 8 on Showmax, where they arrive on Mondays at 22:00. Watch now »

5. Lila in My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend on Showmax

This stunning adaptation of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s first Neapolitan novel shows the unfolding of Elena and Lila’s friendship through childhood and teens. Elena’s our narrator, and she’s looking back on her and Lila’s life in the neighbourhood where they grew up, in a working-class part of Naples in the 50s and 60s. She traces the violent, heartbreaking, terrifying and exhilarating moments she shared with her brilliant, brave, completely fearless friend Lila in the years before life took them on different paths. In Italian, with subtitles. Watch now »

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