The Woman King follows Nanisca (Davis), the general of the Dahomey Amazons, and Nawi (Mbedu), an ambitious recruit in the Kingdom of Dahomey. The film will depict how the pair “fought enemies who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they have lived for. This is a false narrative created by Hollywood.
“The growth of Dahomey coincided with the growth of the Atlantic slave trade, and it became known to Europeans as a major supplier of slaves. As a highly militaristic kingdom constantly organized for warfare, it captured children, women, and men during wars and raids against neighboring societies, and sold them into the Atlantic slave trade in exchange for European goods such as rifles, gunpowder, fabrics, cowrie shells, tobacco, pipes, and alcohol. Other remaining captives became slaves in Dahomey, where they worked on royal plantations and were routinely mass executed in large-scale human sacrifices during the festival celebrations known as the Annual Customs of Dahomey.”
Check out the video where I go into depth on the screenwriter, director, and cinematographer being all non-black. I also touch on how the inclusion of the LBGQT agenda will possibly be infused in the storyline.