We recently watch Queen of Katwe and I must say I loved it! It held such a powerful message of hope and dedication. It truly shows that no matter where you come from or what circumstance you are in, that doesn’t mean that you are meant to stay in that position.
As a true story, it also allows you and your family to see inside of others circumstances. Phiona didn’t attend school, her and her family lived in the slums, and she couldn’t read. She found something that she loved, something that she was good at, something that she excelled at and turned it into a blessing for herself and her family. It is truly a heart-warming story that tells a wonderful message.
And can I tell you all a little secret?
I’m a bit mushy when watching movies. I totally cried at the end.
“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of Uganda whose world 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. It is a remarkable story of perseverance against all odds that will leave viewers feeling humbled and inspired. According to director Mira Nair, “The triumph of the human spirit is not to weep for what we don’t have but to focus on what we do have and allow that to take us to a place we never imagined possible.”
The film stars David Oyelowo, Golden Globe® nominated for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma,” as dedicated chess mentor Robert Katende; Lupita Nyong’o, who earned worldwide acclaim with her Oscar®-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave,” as fiercely determined mother Harriet; and luminous newcomer Madina Nalwanga as chess champion Phiona Mutesi.
Queen of Katwe has recently been released to DVD as of January 31st! Grab your copy today!