From the minute I sat down to and advanced screening of Queen of Katwe, I knew it was a movie that I wanted my two older daughters to see. Immediately, I thought it was a wonderful movie to show the true story of a girl from Uganda who defies the odds as she goes through her journey of becoming a chess champion.
There have been many times where we have worked together to donate to goodwill or given money to support a cause where people were in need. I am not sure exactly if they understand what true poverty is and the struggles faced by children who are the same age as them in other countries. The movie takes place in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda and life is a constant struggle. Phiona’s 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. Seeing this poverty come to life is one of the reasons why I think it is extremely important for them to see this movie.
Once Phiona learns how to play chess and it becomes obvious that she is going to do well, the audience watches as she grows as a player and we see her great determination to become an international chess champion.
Another part of the movie that strikes me is the struggle that Phiona faces as she begins to win and is faced with coming back home to help support her family and mother. The world she lives in is vastly different from her opponents. We learn through the film that this difference is one that supports her and gives her strength to win.
As Phiona wins a variety of championships, she returns home and her community is proud of her and her accomplishments.
I love movies with positive feel good messages and Queen of Katwe is definitely one of those movies.
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.
So you see why I think that Queen of Katwe is a movie that I want my daughters to see.
Oh! I forgot to share that after screening the movie, all 25 bloggers enjoyed dancing to Young Cardamom’s “#1 Spice” You will want to get out of your seat too .
Have a listen.
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QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters everywhere on September 30th!
While at the Pete’s Dragon Event, I was able to see an advanced screening of Queen of Katwe. I was invited to attend an all expense paid trip to LA to attend the premiere of Pete’s Dragon and be a part of the #PetesDragonEvent. All thoughts and opinions are my own.