Gina Prince-Bythewood on the History and Actions of the Woman King

The original version of The King’s Woman ran around Hollywood for five years before finally getting the green light. What were your thoughts when you first read the script?

My first thought was, “I have to do this. Necessarily”. I was so connected for five minutes. When I read that they were rising above the grass, ready to explode, I thought, “I want to film this.” The more I read and then immersed myself in the more personal stories that intertwine in this film, I felt like it was something I hadn’t seen before but something I wanted to see and I’m my first viewer.

How did you balance praising the Agoji’s strength and camaraderie with acknowledging the dark side of their involvement in the slave trade?

It was about telling the truth. We wanted to be authentic. It’s a complex story that, unfortunately, has been dealt with by thousands of cultures over the years, but we’ve focused on these women, this incredible group of women whose stories haven’t been told, and their quest to make a difference in their lives. kingdom.

I was curious how you gave the chronology of events because at the end of the movie it is at least implied that they are finally abolishing slavery. However, from what I have read, this did not happen until the 1850s, three decades later. How did you approach it?

For us, the ending is that they won this battle, but the war continues. Of course, it was important to tell the truth, and while the ships were leaving, they would return, but these warriors were standing ready for battle.

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