Queen of Katwe
P | 124 min | Friday, September 23, 2016
Queen of Katwe is based on the amazing true story of a young girl selling corn on the rugged and tough streets of Katwe in rural Kampala, Uganda. Sheltered by a doting mother who convinced her that it is far safer to keep your expectations low in a tough and cruel world, her world suddenly changes when a kind-hearted missionary introduced her to the game of chess.
Surviving in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle that 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family daily contend with. Her mother, Harriet, is determined to provide the bare necessities for her children constantly reminding them not to dream of silly things so as to avoid further disappointment and pain - after all, life is already difficulty as it living in the dumps. So when Phiona meets Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is immediately captivated with the game. In spite of being barely able to read, Phiona quickly grasped the idea that chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking - skills which she is very much aware of, knowing that these are the very skills that helped her and her family survived everyday life. When Katende saw Phiona’s potential, he is determined to empower her to become someone greater than she already is, teaching her that in chess, the small one can become the big one. But to do so, Katende must win the confidence and trust of Harriet, and together, help fulfil Phiona’s extraordinary potential.
Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma) as Robert, Oscar winner and Tony Award nominee Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) as Harriet and newcomer Madina Nalwanga as the Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi.
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