The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission congratulates The Woman King on its imminent the atrical release

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission congratulates The Woman King on its imminent theatrical
release. Opening nationwide at cinemas on the 30th of September 2022, the film was shot in South
Africa and around KZN, especially at Jozini.

Inspired by true events that took place in “The Kingdom of Dahomey”, the historical epic film was
written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) from an original screenplay
co-written by Dana Stevens (Safe Haven) and Prince-Bythewood.

The film boast nominated and award-winning international stars headlined by Viola Davis (Fences);
alongside a powerful cast comprising South Africa – KwaZulu Natal born Thuso Mbedu (The
Underground Railroad); Lashana Lynch (No Time to Die); Sheila Atim (Bruised); John Boyega (Star
Wars); Tony® award-winner, Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical); Jordan Bolger (Peaky
Blinders); Hero Fiennes Tiffin (After we Fell); Jimmy Odukoya (Killing Eva); Masali Baduza (Noughts &

Crosses); Jayme Lawson (The Batman); and Chioma Umeala (One Piece). Multiple Grammy award-
winning, Singer, Songwriter Angelique Kidjo, plays the role of a Female Head of the Palace.

‘The Woman King’ is a compelling story about the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the wealthiest empires
at the time and ‘Nanisca’ (Viola Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Agojie
warriors, and her daughter ‘Nawi’ (Thuso Mbedu), who together fight the neighbouring tribes who
violated their honour and enslaved their people.
The film is produced by Oscar® winner, producer Cathy Schulman (Crash), Viola Davis and Julius
Tennon of JuVee Productions; and Maria Bello of Jack Blue Productions. A The Sony TriStar Pictures’
motion picture.

Board members: N. Malange, J. Wills, M. Mzimela, N. Mthembu, L. Berning, V. Senna, L. Ngcobo, S. Zondi
KZN Film Commission • 10th floor Musgrave Towers, 115 Musgrave Road, Berea 4001, South Africa Tel: +27 31 003 9000 Email: KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission @kznfilm kznfilm kznfilm

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About the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission
The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is a provincial state entity, under the Department of Economic
Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal South
Africa established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Commission Act, 2010 (Act No 3 of 2010). Its mandate
is to facilitate support throughout the value chain to the local and international film industry through
creating opportunities and growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry.

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