It is so refreshing to see women as a unit, strong and ready to fight for what they truly believe in, as opposed to seeing women fighting for men or whatever roles movies tend to have women portray.
That’s the kind of energy we are getting from the gripping trailer of The Woman King. It stars Viola Davis as Nanisca, who leads the Agojie, an all-female unit of warriors.
The storyline follows the Agojie, who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey, now Benin, in the 1800s with killer skills and ferocity.
Some background: the Kingdom of Dahomey played a major role in the slave trade, swapping European merchandise such as tobacco, pipes and gunpowder in exchange for those held in captivity.
Not only was the movie filmed in South Africa but it also features a South African-born actress, hailing from the KZN – Thuso Mbedu, who plays Nawi, one of the recruits trained by Nanisca. Siv Ngesi also makes an appearance and former (permanent for us) Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, will make her film debut. Is there anything she can’t do? 😍
The trailer also features sounds from our very own singer-songwriters, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly, whose song My Power is the backtrack for the trailer! This song was part of Beyonce’s visual album, Black is King.
The film is set to hit our screen on 16 September. Set your reminder so you don’t miss all this black girl magic.