“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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

73 Ratings

73 Ratings

93% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 7.4/10
  • Fresh 153
  • Rotten 12

Critics Consensus: Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.

10+ COMMON SENSE

Inspiring true tale of girl Ugandan chess champ.

Information

Studio
Walt Disney Pictures
Genre
Drama
Released
Copyright
© 2016 Disney Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

Languages

Primary
English (Subtitles, Audio Description, Stereo, Dolby 5.1)
Additional
French (Subtitles, Stereo), Portuguese (Subtitles), Spanish (Subtitles, Stereo)

Accessibility

CC
Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with addition of relevant nondialogue information.
AD
Audio description refers to a narration track describing what is happening on screen to provide context for those who are blind or have low vision.

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