Movie To Watch: Queen of Katwe (2016)

Queen of Katwe follows the journey of a Ugandan girl into stardom.

The Queen of Katwe is a movie that depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl who lived in the slum of Katwe in Uganda. Phiona would later meet Robert Katende, who plays football and teaches children how to play chess. Phiona became very interested in chess, which she was very good at due to her rare thinking capabilities and would become the country best chess player and a Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads at a young age.

As her fame and recognition grew, Phiona now has grown passed the girl who played chess for a cup of porridge and must learn her how to handle the stress and find her real identity as she seeks to use chess as a means to provide for her single mother and family.

The movie is a real inspiration to thousands of girls out there who find opportunity hard to find. You can find a short documentary here.

The Queen of Katwe was shot over a couple of months in Uganda and South Africa. You can read a full pdf excerpt on the Queen of Katwe here.

Watch: Queen of Katwe Official Trailer.

  • Rating: PG (for thematic elements, an accident scene, and some suggestive material)
  • Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
  • Directed By: Mira Nair
  • Written By: William Wheeler
  • In Theaters: Sep 30, 2016
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Cast: David Oyelowo as Robert Katende, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakku Harriet, Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi, Martin Kabanza as Mugabi Brian, Taryn “Kay” Kyaze as Night, Ivan Jacobo as Young Richard.


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David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

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Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair.

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Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film also stars David Oyelowo and is directed by Mira Nair.

Queen of Katwe

David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, based on a true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o also stars in the film, directed by Mira Nair.

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Queen of Katwe

Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o is Harriet Mutesi, David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The film is directed by Mira Nair.

Queen of Katwe

Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o is Harriet Mutesi, David Oyelowo is Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The film is directed by Mira Nair.

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Queen of Katwe

Oscar (TM) winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga in Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The powerful film, which also stars David Oyelowo and is directed by Mira Nair, will be released in U.S. theaters in September.

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Originally published at Smart Geek.