As promised in my previous Queen of Katwe post, I’m back with my review of the movie! We were able to be among the first to screen the film as part of #TheBFGEvent, which I attended on behalf of Disney in June.
Queen of Katwe In Select Theaters September 23 & All September 30!
“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.
Queen of Katwe is a heartfelt story based on real-life events, a film that I would recommend everyone– families, singles, people seeking motivation or inspiration, children — head to the theaters to see. Here’s why…
It’s based on real events. The story is even more inspirational when you know that it was actually lived. Phiona Mutesi has the odds standing against her as she quickly learns and excels in the game of chess. Can she really become a champion when faced with such poverty?
It teaches many valuable lessons. It doesn’t matter where you come from, if you want something bad enough, you will be able to reach your goals. Phiona proves that by working hard at chess and becoming an international champion. It also drives home that you need to believe in yourself, and that even though you may be the underdog, you can still overcome difficult obstacles and succeed.
It’s relatable. We all have struggles. And many of us have dreams. I believe Queen of Katwe is a film that many can relate to. Maybe it’s because you don’t have the money to do what you want. Or maybe your social status keeps you from standing out or reaching your dreams. I know I was feeling a little like Phiona more than once when I watched the film, though overall, she had many more struggles than I ever did.
[Tweet “In chess, the small ones become the big ones. That’s my favorite part”]
Though she was referencing the game, it’s a very motivational quote about life as well. Small people, those without money, power, or fame, can become a big deal if they put their mind to it. That lesson is just one more reason I think Queen of Katwe is a powerful film for children and teens to watch!