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The Woman King

Genet, better known by her title of Queen Dahomey, was born a woman in 1758 and led the Kingdom of Dahomey to an empire whose boundaries stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Niger River. The story is about how she rose through challenging times as a defense strategist and ruler. Genet’s stories became international bestsellers before she went into exile in France.

What is the plot of the story ?

The story takes place in the 19th century in Africa. It contains strong cultural and religious influences. The Kingdom of Dahomey is a country similar to Ancient Egypt but with emphasis on social issues and political aspects instead of strictly military.

Who is in the cast ? what role did each character portray ?

The cast include Viola Davis , Hero Fiennes Tiffin , King Steven Wacker , General James FitzJames Stuart Lambert , Captain Anderson Louis Gossett Jr. , Madame Leclerc Kika Magalhaes , Miss Fabia Neve Campbell , Captain Tabatha Kristy Swanson , Nzinga Kambila Istasse/Zinga the First/Genet Vanessa L. Williams . The actors who portrayed Hero Fiennes Tiffin played the lead role of Genet.

What are the difficulties they face ?

Aside from the obvious (learning about the culture), there are also many challenges that the cast faced during their filming. One of these is the costumes worn by the actors who played Queen Genet and her Captain. Their costumes are created with material that is not accustomed to European weather, so they had difficulty breathing in them. Proper care was given to their costumes because they were made to last for a long time, while some parts were remade with extra material, and other parts were replaced altogether when they got damaged or torn.

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Who is the antagonist ? What are its motives ?

The antagonist is the slave rebellion during Genet’s rule. The plot revolves around how challenges, hardships and challenges were overcome by Genet through strong leadership skills, strategic planning .  And intelligence gathering. The Slave Rebellion takes place in 1802 in French Africa (present day Burkina Faso) as a result of the abolition of slavery by France. This is what makes up the back-story of this story but was not directly included in this story itself.

What is the climax like ?

The climax is when Genet is in danger because she has to complete the defense strategy and defeat the slave rebellion which she was unaware of at that time. On her way to battle against the rebel, Genet was rescued by an American ship. This makes up a part of the plot. There is a lot of action and suspense in this part, so you can feel nervous as you watch it play out on screen. The theme of justice and keeping promises is what makes this movie special. Justice can be interpreted as the following: The person who does not have any rights gets their rights when you do something for them or for someone else without expecting anything in return.

What are the epic scenes ?

One of the most mentioned scenes in this film is the attack on the palace wherein Genet’s army successfully overpowers the guards surrounding it. The next scene involves a battle between Genet’s army and a royal guard, followed by her escape from that place. The scene where Genet escaped also has strong cultural and religious influences as she hides herself in a typical African-style hut and waits for her chance to make a run for freedom. This is one of the more dramatic scenes being acted out by several people in a large area at once. The most loved character is Genet, the Woman King. She is the one who led her army against others to protect her country and the people she loves.

Would you recommend watching this ?

I think you should watch this movie because it’s an interesting story of how a woman became a king. Also, she shows us how to assess the situation and make decisions that help one triumph over the destiny. Thanks for reading !

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