Nutopia announces another new documentary for Netflix ‘African Queens’
26 Aug 2021
Nutopia and Westbrook Studios are coming together to create a two-season documentary series about the most iconic queens in African History. The series will look at a different queen each season, combining premium docudrama with expert interviews and knowledge. The series will be executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith.
“As the mother of a young Black woman, it is immensely important to me that she learns the lessons of the African Queens who paved the way for our success and the success of generations of Black women,” said Jada Pinkett Smith. “I am very passionate and excited about bringing the stories and lessons of these powerful women to light in order to showcase their strength, leadership, and undeniable influence on history.”
The first season will cover the life of Cleopatra, the world’s most famous, powerful, and misunderstood woman -- a daring queen whose beauty and romances came to overshadow her real asset: her intellect. Cleopatra’s heritage has been the subject of much academic debate, which has often been ignored by Hollywood. Now our series re-assesses this fascinating part of her story.
Season two will feature Njinga, the complex, captivating, and fearless 17th-century warrior queen of Matamba and Ndongo, in modern day Angola. The nation’s first female ruler, Njinga earned a reputation for her blend of political and diplomatic skill with military prowess and became an icon of resistance.
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