‘The Woman King’ Tops African American Film Critics Best Movie List

The Woman King (Credit: Sony Pictures)

The Woman King battled its way to the top of the African American Film Critics Association’s list of the 10 best films of 2022.

Viola Davis leads the cast of the historical epic as general Nanisca, leader of an all-female unit of soldiers known as the Agojie, that protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) in the 1800s. The film is inspired by real events.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the drama from Sony and Entertainment One also stars Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and Thuso Mbedu as Agojie warriors. John Boyega plays King Ghezo. The script comes from Dana Stevens and Maria Bello.

To date, The Woman King has earned $92.2 million at the worldwide box office.

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Among other films on AAFCA’s top 10 list are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Till, and Causeway.

“The best films of this year prove that diverse stories – the true and the fantastical – are not only important to the culture but are equally important to the movie-making business,” AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “Our top film, The Woman King, bridges the gap between telling important, heartfelt stories, and providing an entertaining experience for movie-going audiences.”

Established in 2003, AAFCA‘s mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contributions of African descended talent to cinematic and television culture.

Below is the full list of AAFCA’s Top 10 Films of 2022:

1. The Woman King
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
3. Till
4. Sidney
5. Emancipation
5. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (tie)
6. Inspection
7. Causeway
8. Everything Everywhere All at Once
9. Wendell & Wild
10. Devotion