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Queen of Katwe Synopsis

Queen of Katwe is based on 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, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe(r) nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar(r) winner and Tony Award(r) nominee Lupita Nyong'o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong'o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona's natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she's inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney'sQueen of Katwe will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

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Why Filming In Africa Was Crucial To Queen Of Katwe, According To Lupita Nyong’o news Sep 30, 2016 Sean O'Connell Why Filming In Africa Was Crucial To Queen Of Katwe, According To Lupita Nyong’o During the Toronto International Film Festival, where Queen of Katwe held its world premiere, I was lucky enough to interview Lupita Nyong'o, who loses herself in the role of Harriet, Phiona's no-nonsense mother.
The Great Advice The Queen Of Katwe Cast Would Give Kids Interested In Learning Chess news Sep 21, 2016 Sean O'Connell The Great Advice The Queen Of Katwe Cast Would Give Kids Interested In Learning Chess Because the movie swirls around young people taking a chance on the game of chess, I asked the cast what advice they would give any young children coming out of a Queen of Katwe screening and wanting to investigate further the intricacies of the timeless game.