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Viola Davis: "Viewers need to see more female warriors"

Created: 09/10/2022, 04:30 am

Viola Davis
Viola Davis plays a warrior of steel in the epic The Woman King. © Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/dpa

According to US actress Viola Davis, women should be more willing to take risks. At the Toronto International Film Festival, she appeals to women’s “warrior spirit”.

Toronto (AP) – US actress Viola Davis hopes that her role as a warrior of steel in the fact-based epic “The Woman King” will make women more willing to take risks.

The historical film by director Gina Prince-Bythewoods focuses on the Agojie warriors who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. Davis plays the Agojie general Nanisca. The action-packed film, which is dominated by women, had its world premiere at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in front of an enthusiastic audience.

“Viewers need to see more female warriors,” Davis said in Toronto. “In today’s time and culture, where women are being attacked and losing control over their bodies, it shows we are second-class citizens. I hope that women embrace the warrior spirit of the film and that they have the power to change the narrative. I hope they become more risk-averse.”

She also worked on herself for a long time to build up her own self-esteem. After receiving a standing ovation, Davis said, “I feel like I’ve allowed my entire life to be defined by a culture. I’ve allowed myself to be defined by the naysayers. But I’ve finally come to the realization that I can define myself.” dpa

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