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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 ...
Young Richard
Nicolas Levesque ...
Older Richard
Ronald Ssemaganda ...
Ivan
Ethan Nazario Lubega ...
Benjamin
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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Reina de Katwe  »

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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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"Queen of Katwe" will be filmed in both Uganda and South Africa. See more »

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Africa slums and a typical sport movie plot blend nicely into an instructive film
15 January 2017 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The movie follows the real story of Phiona Mutesi, one of the first female titled chess champions from Uganda. The actors are African, mostly Ugandans, even if it is a Disney movie, and it shows, as only a few have played in enough movies to feel professional. Yet they are all trying their best and it gives the film a more authentic feel.

As for the plot, it is a typical underdog rising above their station story, but because it shows so much about African lives in the slums of Kampala and because it is based on a true story, it feels nice, it feels real.

Not the greatest movie ever, but surely worth a watch and a refreshing change from all these pointless Star Wars films.


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