The Woman King (2022)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Run Time: 134 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022
Starring: Jayme Lawson, John Boyega, Lashana Lynch, Thuso Mbedu, Viola Davis
Country: United States, Canada
Opening Night presented with Maroon Arts Group, Zora’s House, Creative Control Fest, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Columbus Alumnae Chapter. Ticket includes a popcorn and soda and an invite to the happy hour at 5:30pm.
Proceeds raised from tickets will benefit Maroon Arts Group and Zora’s House. Be the first to see Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film starring Viola Davis while supporting local organizations changing the landscape of our city!
About the film:
World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival. A historical epic inspired by true events that took place in The Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries. The story follows Nanisca, general of the all-female military unit, and Nawi, an ambitious recruit, who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.
About the filmmaker:
Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing the films Love & Basketball (2000), Disappearing Acts (2000), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Beyond the Lights (2014), and The Old Guard (2020).
Prince-Bythewood attended UCLA’s film school, where she received the Gene Reynolds Scholarship for Directing. After five years working in TV as a writer on shows like A Different World and South Central, she wrote her first film, Love & Basketball (2000), based on her personal life and experiences growing up. Developed at the Sundance Institute’s directing and writing lab. the film won 12 awards, including Best Film and Best Film Poster at the Black Reel Awards, and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
After more than two decades in the industry, Prince-Bythewood took on a new role with the Directors Guild of America as Co-Chair of the African American Steering Committee (AASC) to address issues like job creation and career advancement.
About the organizations:
The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a non-profit grassroots organization galvanized to build and provide a platform for community, art, and learning, centered in the cultivation, celebration, and promotion of Black Cultural production and art.
Zora’s House is a non-profit coworking and community space built by and for women and gender expansive people of color. Zora’s House is a place to gather. To connect. To make progress. To feel safe. And most of all, to thrive.
Creative Control Fest is a multi-day creative confest (Conference+Festival) that centers creatives of color who are a part of the growing creative class. Born from a need to see more Black Creatives and Creatives of Color represented in creative industries CCF aims for the mutual exchange of resources with people of color in the industries of art, music, design, activism, tech, scholarship, and entrepreneurship.
The Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a 501(C)7 organization committed to primarily serving the African-American community within Franklin County through the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.
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