When I was in LA for Disney’s THE BFG event, I was able to screen Disney’s Queen of Katwe, and I was blown away by how good it is. It is a truly inspiring story based on the life of Phiona Mutesi and her coach Robert Katende and their journey over the years as Phiona learns chess and becomes one of the best players in history. Her life is so much different than anything I have ever experienced, and her humble life really opened my eyes to what the important things are in life. I can’t wait to go see this movie with my family, especially my kids, so that they can understand and learn about how truly blessed we are.
There are so many reasons why you should see Disney’s Queen of Katwe, but these are my top 5:
- Eye-opening true story that will win your heart.
- It shows my kids that when you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
- Sacrifice and love are essential as a parent and teacher.
- By believing in ourself and working hard we can accomplish anything. This is reinforced with the incredible journey shared in the movie.
- This movie is great for any age, young or old, and you will leave feeling empowered and inspired.
Disney’s Queen of Katwe opens in theatres this weekend. Put it on your calendar and go take your family to see it.
“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. Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
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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