On 26th July we attended Black History Walks’ exclusive screening of Queen Nzinga, The Movie. This screening was part of a series of African films being shown monthly at the Phoenix Cinema in North London. These monthly film screenings are an extension of the BFI’s very successful African Odysseys film programme which aims to showcase films, from classics to new releases, that explore African history and culture.
Queen Nzinga, set in the 17th century, tells the true story of the African Warrior Queen of Congo/Angola who fought a 40 year war against slavery. This was an excellent film that showed the bravery, perseverance and determination of Queen Nzinga who fought a long battle to gain the throne and to then lead her people in a fierce battle against the Portuguese army for national freedom.
This was a well-made, action-packed historical film that showed the important contribution that African women made in the fight against slavery. We rarely get to see films like this on the big screen so it was like a breath of fresh air to see something different in a mainstream setting.
Queen Nzinga was first released in Angola in 2013 and was written by Joana Jorge and directed by Sérgio Graciano. You can find out more on about the film here.
We highly recommend watching Queen Nzinga which will be screened again at The Phoenix Cinema on Sunday 20th September at 4:30pm. For more information visit the Phoenix Cinema’s website here.