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Queen of Katwe (2016)

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A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

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Phiona Mutesi
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Robert Katende
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Mugabi Brian
Taryn Kyaze ...
Night (as Taryn "Kay" Kyaze)
Ivan Jacobo ...
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Nicolas Levesque ...
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Ronald Ssemaganda ...
Ivan
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Nikita Waligwa ...
Gloria
Edgar Kanyike ...
Joseph
Esther Tebandeke ...
Sara Katende
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Hope Katende
Philip Luswata ...
Minister Aloysius Kyazze
Peter Odeke ...
Enoch Barumba
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A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

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One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material | See all certifications »
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30 September 2016 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$304,933 (USA) (23 September 2016)

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$8,805,918 (USA) (23 December 2016)
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Strong depiction of urban slums
10 October 2016 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

Mira Nair returns to Uganda once again, three decades after she made Mississipi Masala. This is a much better film. While Mississipi Masala centered around an upper middle class Indian-Ugandan family, Queen of Katwe is set in the slums of Uganda. Nair doesn't attempt to go easy on the slum visuals here. The filth and squalor are in your face here, from beginning to end. I haven't seen a film depicting poverty in this way for a long time. Even Slumdog Millionaire wasn't so strong. Otherwise Queen of Kawate is a fairly predictable story of an under-privileged girl rising to success against the odds. The medium of her rise is chess. She's the pawn who turns into a queen, as sometimes happens in chess. The performances are uniformly good, especially given that most of them are child actors (Mira Nair's first film was Salaam Bombay and she is pretty good at handling children). I found the end credits rather moving, where the real characters pose with the actors who played them on screen. All in all a very warm, watchable film.


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