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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2023 8:36 p.m. PST

… Agojie Warriors Did Exist

"She's not quite a superhero, but Viola Davis's new role is every bit as strong and badass as our Marvel and DC comic book favorites. In The Woman King, Davis plays the leader of an all-female unit of warriors in 1820s West Africa. Directed by Love and Basketball's Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film also stars Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and John Boyega as other residents in the ancient kingdom of Dahomey.

As a historical epic, the film begs the question: is it based on a true story? The short answer is yes and no. Introduced as a film "inspired by true events," the setting of Dahomey and the warrior group known as Agojie or Dahomey Amazons did exist and it's not the only movie to pull inspiration from this group. Marvel's Black Panther also introduced a cast of female fighters within its story, which was reportedly modeled after the Agojie group as well. If you're surprised to learn that this group is real, you're not alone. Davis herself was also unaware of the history, telling Vanity Fair in July, "The only thing I knew, literally, was that there were women somewhere in Africa that were called Amazons."…"

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Archon6416 Mar 2023 10:03 p.m. PST

If by "Hollywood movie magic" they mean re-writing history to conform with the modern narrative, then yes. that's what's at play here.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 6:12 a.m. PST

As i posted in another thread, it's like a historical movie about how Robert E. Lee ended slavery in America.

mjkerner17 Mar 2023 10:49 a.m. PST

Archon64 +1
Colonel +1

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 10:53 a.m. PST

What they show in the movie is the exact opposite of what happened historically.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 3:27 p.m. PST



bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP17 Mar 2023 10:49 p.m. PST

Yes this movie has be debunk from the time it came out. All would have been fine if they said "very loosely based on a true story and that this movie is for entertainment and not as history" It was enjoyable to watch

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2023 3:42 p.m. PST



Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2023 7:29 a.m. PST

Perhaps if they added elves and dwarves it would be more historically accurate.

35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2023 12:50 p.m. PST

"Perhaps if they added elves and dwarves it would be more historically accurate."

Well it couldn't have made it any worse or less accurate. 😂🤣😉

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Mar 2023 3:27 p.m. PST



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