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Queen of Katwe

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Mira Nair

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About the Movie

“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. 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 146
  • Fresh: 135
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Directed by the great Mira Nair, the film hits you like a shot in the heart. Nyong'o and Oyelowo are both extraordinary, giving newcomer Nalwanga a chance to shine as Phiona grows into her own woman. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Sep 23, 2016

Fresh: The colors and rhythms of life in the slums of Uganda are what set Queen of Katwe apart from other underdog chess movies. – Sandy Cohen, Associated Press, Oct 24, 2016

Fresh: Predictable and very Disneyfied, but Mutesi's remarkable story carries the day. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Sep 29, 2016

Fresh: The story is true, and the message it delivers-with care and help, the disenfranchised can become role models and inspire others-is unabashedly sentimental, but in a good way. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Sep 28, 2016

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Queen of Katwe
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  • $24.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2017
  • Expected Release: Jan 31, 2017

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