The trailer for The Woman King advertises that it’s “Based on Powerful True Events.” The occasions depicted within the film contain a bunch generally known as the Agojie, a ferocious platoon of feminine warriors who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey. In the film, it’s 1823 and the Dahomey are under assault from a neighboring kingdom, the Oyo Empire. A courageous Agojie general named Nanisca (Viola Davis) who serves King Ghezo (John Boyega) works to defend her folks — and to persuade Ghezo that their country’s participation within the slave commerce is a “poison” that wants to cease. (When both the Oyo and the Dahomey seize enemy combatants in battle, they sell these prisoners into slavery.)

That’s The Woman King’s story. But not like the trailer, the film itself doesn’t truly embody any form of title card claiming it’s a work of historic fiction — and it’s additionally price noting that saying one thing relies on “true events” is just not fairly the identical as saying one thing relies on a “true story.” Technically talking, The Amityville Horror relies on true occasions. The story that the film model tells, although, is clearly a piece of fiction.

So is The Woman King a real story? Yes and no; the fastidiously worded line within the trailer about “powerful true events” was there for a cause. A lot of The Woman King is completely based mostly within the historic record. Some elements, although, should not.

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All of the essential outlines of the premise and setting are correct. There actually was a kingdom referred to as Dahomey, dominated by a King Ghezo, who reigned there from 1818 to 1859. The country did make use of an all-female regiment of its military generally known as the Agojie, who, as depicted within the film, adhered to a monk-like existence. The Agojie lived within the King’s palace in their very own separate enclave away from all other men. They by no means married, they by no means had intercourse, and so they by no means had children. (Or at least they weren’t supposed to.) Just as within the film, the Dahomey stopped paying tribute to the Oyo after which defeated them in a battle that shifted the steadiness of energy within the area.

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