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Reasons Why You Should See Queen of Katwe


I will be honest as I did not think the Disney movie Queen of Katwe would be a great movie because for one I am not a chess player and something I find interesting. When I was in LA last month, I got the chance to see a screening of Queen of Katwe and I was prepared to be bored. But let me tell that it was the complete opposite of that. I was actually intrigued by this story and fell in love with the game of chess because of this movie. I never thought a movie could do that to me but this one did for sure. I have definitely learned my lesson on not to judge a book by it cover and neither should you. Here are the reasons why you should see Queen of Katwe.


Reasons Why You Should See Queen of Katwe

It is Based on a True Story.

“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® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® 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.


It Teaches us to Believe in Ourselves and Never Give Up.

Throughout the film you will see Phiona and the other children learn how to play a great game of chess. There is always a time where someone loses and the chess teachers shows them that it is okay and to keep trying and to never give up. This is portrayed thru the whole movie and shows in the end how one can keep trying and succeed at their goals.


Strong Independent Woman.

That’s right ladies, there are some strong independent women in this film from Phiona to her mother where they both stand their ground and take nothing from no one. They use their hope, strength, and passion to be a great support team to their family and friends.

I cannot stress enough to go and see this movie as you will truly walk away being inspired in one way or another. I am so glad that I stepped out of my box and saw this movie. It has been me rethink outlook on life and get inspired to achieve my goals without giving up.

QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

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