• Queen of Katwe (2016)

Queen of Katwe

Release Date: September 23rd, 2016

DVD Release Date: January 31st, 2017

PG |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende's guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze, Ronald Ssemaganda, Ethan Nazario Lubega, Esther Tebandeke

Director: Mira Nair

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Mirabai Films, Cine Mosaic

Distributors: Walt Disney

Keywords: Emotional, Quest, Pursuit, 2010s, Cool

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    Perhaps it’s simplistic to say that director Mira Nair has fashioned a good-looking but Disney-fied version of actual events, and yet the studio’s predictably uplifting-at-all-costs blandness slowly but methodically drains the material of its richness. show more

  • 70
    E. Oliver WhitneyScreenCrush

    It shirks the typical Disney model of an untouchable, picturesque fantasy by telling a more grounded, human story coursing with love and earnestness. show more

  • 60
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Even with director Mira Nair’s typically vivid sense of place and the charismatic central performances by David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and a striking newcomer, the film hits every note of plucky positivity so squarely on the head that it leaves little room for audience involvement. show more

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