Disney’s Queen of Katwe is the kind of inspiring, feel-good film that will make you smile, cheer and sob uncontrollably – but only in the best possible way.
Opening in cinemas on December 1, Queen of Katwe tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, a young girl living in Uganda who one day follows her brother to a church where an outreach program is being run for local children. What Phiona witnesses there fascinates her and puts her on the path to achieve her dreams.
There’s so much heart in this film and here’s some of the reasons we think you will love it:
- It’s a true story based on Phiona Mutesi’s remarkable life journey, overcoming adversity to become a world-class chess player thanks to a chance meeting with Sports Outreach coach Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). With natural talent, passion and dedication, Phiona goes from underdog to champion.
- Phiona is a smart, strong heroine who triumphs despite overwhelming odds stacked against her, staying true to herself and her dream. It’s a story of female empowerment directed by Mira Nair, a multi-award winning director who has made Uganda her home for the past 27 years and relished the opportunity to showcase the colour, culture of Uganda in a positive light.
- At the film’s core is a beautiful and powerful relationship between Phiona and her proud mother Harriet, a role written specifically for Oscar® winner Lupita N’yongo. N’yongo says, “Home is wherever Harriet’s family is together. That’s what home means for Harriet. No matter what is surrounding them, having her family together as one unit is the most important thing to her. She may be struggling to keep her family together, she may be in a place with a leaking roof over their heads, but she manages to make the most of it.”
- Queen of Katwe explores the culture of Uganda, the strength of the human spirit, resilience, the value of helping others and self-respect. The film is a wonderful opportunity to have discussions around these themes with your children.
- It reminds kids (and big kids) to never give up on your dreams, follow them and great things can happen.
Take a look at this featurette from the film, you made need some tissues.