Black Panther and Us star Lupita Nyongo is to search for a forgotten female army in a documentary for British broadcaster Channel 4.
The network has commissioned Warrior Women with Lupita Nyongo (w/t), which will see the actress, who also appeared in 12 Years A Slave, journey across Benin, West Africa to uncover the Agoji – or as Europeans labelled them, the Amazons.
These armies, of up to 4,00 women, fought African and European powers from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the Kingdom of Dahomey, not too dissimilar to Marvels Black Panther.
The one-off doc is produced SandStone Global Productions, which has produced Bettany Hughes-fronted docs including Egypts Greatest Treasures and The Nile: Egypts Great River for Viacoms Channel 5.
It was ordered by Channel 4s Head of Specialist Factual Fatima Salaria and Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual Shaminder Nahal.
Nahal said, “Lupita Nyongos investigation into the real story of the all-female army is thrilling, haunting and emotional. Its amazing the true story of these kick-ass female fighters isnt more widely known – and in telling it, the film challenges dominant narratives about race, women and power. With some surprises along the way.”
Bettany Hughes Creative Director SandStone Global added, “This was a unique opportunity to combine Lupita Nyongo s passion and forensRead More – Source