Queen Of Katwe

mild sex references, injury detail, distressing scenes

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Queen Of Katwe

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Phiona is an impoverished girl living in the slum of Katwe in Uganda. She thinks she’ll never escape – until her gift for chess turns her into the ‘Queen Of Katwe’. 

A chance encounter with Robert Katende, a teacher who’s trying to introduce chess to the local children, offers her the possibility to change her life. Thanks to her natural talent and dedication to getting better at the game, she might just be able to get her family out of the slums. 

‘Queen Of Katwe’ is an inspiring true story starring David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, making her debut as Phiona.  

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  • Genre
    Drama, Sports
  • Cast members
    David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Madina Nalwanga
  • Running time
    124 minutes
  • Directed by
    Mira Nair
  • Language


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Reviews in the press

4 Stars
“ Rags-to-riches tale of a Ugandan chess champion will leave you with a lump in your throat ”

4 Stars
“ Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo bring magentic charge ”

4 Stars
“ Wisecracking and charismatic, [the cast] light up the screen with their natural and full-of-life performances ”

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Reviewer: xcaptporkDate: 2016-10-26

This film is crashingly boring.We know what happens (it's a Disney pic) and it duly does! No dramatic tension and slum life in Katwe is duly sanitised ( it's a Disney...).Best bit the very moving credits and rapping at the end.2 stars.

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