Viola Davis said she wants her new film The Woman King to encourage people to “exploit the warrior spirit in them”.
The film is inspired by the true story of Agojie, an all-female army who fought to protect the kingdom of Dahomey in western Africa with their formidable skills.
Oscar winner Davis, 57, plays General Nanisca, who trains the next generation of recruits and prepares them to fight against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.
Speaking on the red carpet of the film’s UK premiere in central London, Davis told the PA news agency: “It’s important to me that the message is up to you, whatever you get, however it hits the mark. your heart and spirit.
“I always wanted people to tap into their warrior spirit. I talk about that a lot. It’s part of you touching that path in life and you have to figure out how to survive.
“And especially women in this day and age, and people are trying to control our lives and we have been told we are less.
“Then harness the power within and the warrior fuel within. That’s a great message.”
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film stars an all-star cast including John Boyega, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and Soo Mbedu.
Reflecting on introducing a cast of predominantly Black women, Davis said this level of representation needs to continue to grow because she feels it can “elevate cinema to a level it has never seen before.” is now raised”.
“There are so many stories from amazing black artists out there who want to work and want to show you what they can do,” she said.
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“The only thing they need is an opportunity. And I think it can lift cinema to a level it has never been raised before.”
The film has drawn criticism since its release as some have argued that it downplays the role of Dahomey’s real kingdom in the slave trade.
“Most of the people who have that criticism haven’t seen the movie…but most of the people who have seen the movie think we’ve solved that problem,” Davis said.
Star Wars actor Boyega, who plays King Ghezo, said he felt the “loyalty and duality” between men and women in the film was particularly important.
He told PA that the scenes showing men working alongside female warriors show “what happens when we all believe in our strong abilities and in our ability to achieve them.” get everything and support each other in the right way.”
“Humans can be greatly motivated when we have the right mindset and we work together, we can do some amazing things. And I think this film represents that point of view,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/viola-davis-wants-new-film-to-encourage-people-to-tap-into-warrior-spirit-42037309.html Viola Davis wants new film to encourage people to tap into ‘warrior spirit’