Queen of Katwe

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  124 min.
Release Date:
September 23, 2016 - Toronto - September 23, 2016 - Toronto
September 30 - wide

September 30, 2016 - Wide
DVD: January 31, 2017
Blu-ray: January 31, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.24
based on 52 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza

Inspiration: Phiona Mutesi


Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) was three when her father died. When she was nine, Phiona's family, living in the poverty-stricken slums of rural Uganda, had to pull her out of school because of their financial situation.

Phiona sells maize in the street to try to scrape together some money for her family, which includes her two brothers, a sister, and her mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o). One day, Phiona and her oldest brother Brian (Martin Kabanza) meet a soccer player turned missionary named Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). Instead of sports, he teaches them the art of chess.

Phiona is captivated as it is a game that can be played by anyone in the world, and requires everyday skills such as concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking. Robert soon realizes that Phiona has a special gift, especially when she starts winning against her own coach.

Based on a true story, and on the book The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster by Tim Crothers.

Director: Mira Nair
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Producer(s): Lydia Dean Pilcher, John B. Carls
Screenplay: William Wheeler
Official Site: disney.com/QueenOfKatwe

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  • 4 stars "Excellent movie!!! Well acted. A very uplifting story."
  • 5 stars "The Big screen effect as it relates to an African community setting was spectacular. The characters and storyline included humour and complexity that pulled us through 2 hours of enjoyment."
  • 5 stars "Wonderful film that I will watch again. Having been in that area of Kampala I know it is true to life. Great story and very inspiring. Love the people of Uganda."