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QUEEN OF KATWE (2016) Movie Trailer: Madina Nalwanga wants to be a Chess Champion

David Oyelowo Madina Nalwanga Chess Board Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe Trailer

Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe (2016) movie trailer stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Madina Nalwanga, and Russel Savadier. Queen of Katwe‘s plot synopsis: “Queen of Katwe is the colorful 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.

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.”

This film looks great but also inspirational. It reminds me of Slumdog Millionaire in that the lead character, through their intelligence, fights their way out of poverty (or at least to country-wide recognition). I had never heard of Phiona Mutesi before seeing this trailer. That is what is great about motion pictures. They introduce you to topics (and people) you were completely unaware of previously.

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