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Queen of Katwe | A golden escape

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o stars alongside Madina Nalwanga in ‘Queen of Katwe’.

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende, 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.

Queen of Katwe is an American biographical sports drama directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler. Starring David Oyelowo, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, and Madina Nalwanga, the film depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy from Katwe who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.