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February 8, 2023 - The Woman King - Meaningful Movie

What: Meaningful Movie "The Woman King"

When: Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 pm

Where: The Park Church - Beecher Hall (enter via parking lot door near Gray St.)

Note: All attendees must be vaccinated for Covid.

Free admittance plus refreshments!

Please join us in Beecher Hall on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:00 for our Meaningful Movie, The Woman King, which stars Viola Davis and is based on history that most of us never learned.

The Woman King is a 2022 American epic historical action drama film about the Agojie, the all- female warrior unit that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the 17th to 19th centuries. Set in the 1820s, the film stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight their enemies. It is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Dana Stevens, based on a story she wrote with Maria Bello. Bello conceived the idea for The Woman King in 2015 after visiting Benin, where the kingdom used to be located, and learning the history of the Agojie.

The Woman King had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2022, and Sony Pictures Releasing released the film in theaters in the United States on September 16, 2022. Following the festival screening, the film received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed towards Davis's performance and the action choreography... At the 28th Critics' Choice Awards the film received nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Actress for Davis. Davis also earned a nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama at the 80th Golden Globe Awards.

Reading Viola Davis's autobiography, Finding Me, makes viewing The Woman King an even richer experience.

Finding Me by Viola Davis

In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever.

This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn't always see me.

As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth or how our stories are often nor aiven close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of selflove. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be . . . you.


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