Shown - Friday 27th April
USA | 2013 | 124 mins | Cert PG
Biography, Drama, Sport
Queen of Katwe is the colourful true story of a young girl selling corn on 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.
Mira Nair’s unabashedly heart-string-tugging drama, tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga). Raised in a Ugandan slum, by a single mother (Lupita Nyong’o) determined not to resort to begging or worse to make her way, Phiona is reasonably happy, until she wanders into a small classroom one day, enticed by an offer of free porridge. There she is introduced to the game of chess, a game at which she is unnaturally talented. Taking her to the level of international competition, this seemingly minor skill gives her the possibility of a life in which she controls her destiny. Olly Richards, Empire, 17 Oct 2016