The Woman King: The Story of Africa As You’ve Never Seen It, starring Viola Davis (Black Adam)!

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Given the dominance of cinema by blockbusters and franchise sequels calibrated for the general public, a historical film that tells the fate of an extraordinary African warrior stands proud. Arriving in Dark Rooms on September 28, 2022, The Woman King intends to mark the history of the 7th Art.


  • The Woman King in brief
  • A masterful historical fresco

The Woman King in brief

The woman king is an American-Canadian period film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, a director you probably know for The Old Guard on Netflix starring Charlize Theron and based on the screenplay by author Dana Stevens (City of Angels, The Nightingale). Slated for release in French cinemas on September 28, 2022, this feature film looks back at the Kingdom of Dahomey’s struggle against its neighbors and slave traders in the 19th century. The story particularly focuses on General Nanisca then tasked with training a new generation of female warriors to repel the invader.

This historical character is played by Viola Davis, an American actress whose name may be unfamiliar to you, but not her face. In fact, the latter notably starred in The Suicide Squad (2021) and will appear alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Black Adam on October 19. Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Dying Can Wait) and Sheila Atim (The Baker Street Irregulars, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Pinocchio) joined the ranks of the Agojie, the Amazons of Dahomey. Finally, John BoyegaFN-2187 aka Finn in the Star Wars postology, lends his facial features and voice to King Ghezo.

A masterful historical fresco

The Woman King primarily appeals to lovers of the African continent, as well as lovers of historical frescoes To discover West Africa at the beginning of the 19th century and, above all, to evade the teachings of western history books. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s film depicts the manners and customs of an influential kingdom, the Dahomeys, and tells of the extraordinary fate of a warrior who knew how to make things happen in her time.

General Nanisca and her troops enter the dark rooms to attack us a master class in history and cinema to the greatest delight of the curious that we are. It would be impossible for me personally to tell how much history with a capital H is being romanticized here, and to separate historical reality from fiction. However, The Woman King has sired in me the desire to know more about that timeabout this kingdom and about the figures that followed its destiny.

This warrior fresco must not be in the sight of all and within reach of all ears. This feature film deals head-on with meaningful issues, slave trade and colonialism in the back of his mind and supports his point of view graphic and verbal violence, never free, but on the contrary always appropriate. It’s also worth appreciating the performances of the actresses who put their hearts and souls into their roles. The exchange of replicas is surpassed only by their martial prowess, perfectly highlighted by an image and staging worthy of the Amazons of Dahomey.

The Woman King: The Story of Africa As You've Never Seen It, starring Viola Davis (Black Adam)!

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