Some of the best films of 2016 have come from the Disney studios. “Queen of Katwe” is one of those films. This is an excellent film for the whole family. It is also an educational film. Uganda is so incredibly poor. You have to see it to believe it. Even so, the film is beautiful.
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the 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.
Madina Nalwanga is Phiona Mutesi. Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o is amazing as Phiona’s mother Harriet. David Oyelowo is wonderful as Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess.
Directed by Mira Nair, the cinematography is gorgeous but I would expect nothing less of a Disney film.
The screenplay is by William Wheeler based on an ESPN magazine article and book by Tim Crothers.