The film brings in the cultures of African Americans and elements from across the African continent. The cast learnt the isiXhosa language for the film. IsiXhosa is spoken by 8 million people and is the one of the official languages in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Boseman’s performance powered the film to international success.
“On a global screen, he showed that black voices and perspectives on storytelling matter — and that resonate everywhere.”
Aladesuyl goes on to explain how important it is for people, “to see a version of themselves, their questions, their struggles, reflected back at them on the big screen — and to not feel alone in that journey.”
MainPhoto: Chadwick Boseman © REUTERS from the Financial Times article Chadwick Boseman and why representation matters: The actor’s death at 43 robs the world of a trailblazer whose role in Black Panther lit up the big screen.
Sadly Chadwick Boseman died on 28 August 2020, aged just 43.