For our next Tuesday Night Movie, we’ll be screening Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2022 film The Woman King!
The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. (From the synopsis on the film’s website.)
Since its release this fall, the film has received glowing reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called The Woman King “a crowd-pleasing epic – think Braveheart with Black women.” RogerEbert.com wrote that “the magnitude and the awe this movie inspires are what epics like Gladiator and Braveheart are all about.” IndieWire raved that it’s “a hell of a time at the movies, a seemingly ‘niche’ topic with great appeal, the sort of battle-heavy feature that will likely engender plenty of hoots and hollers.” And the BBC summed up their review by saying, it’s a “spectacular action-filled epic,” and “a splashy popcorn movie with a social conscience.”
This event is free and open to the public, with no registration required.
The film is rated PG-13, and runs 2 hours, 15 minutes. It will be screened in English with English subtitles for the hard of hearing.