Living in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona, her mother Nakku Harriet and younger members of her family. She and her younger brother help their mother sell maize in the market. She also helps care for her baby brother. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess at a local center. Curious, Phiona approaches and learns the game. She becomes fascinated with it and soon becomes a top player in the group under Katende's guidance..
Ugandan fashion mogul, Sylvia Owori, bought her way into the film as an extra at an auction that acted as a fundraiser for Maisha Film Labs. Other prizes included a "12 Years a Slave" DVD signed by Lupita Nyong'o. See more »
[At 143:45 Robert looks across the table at Fiona]
I can see your mothers strength in you Fiona... How is she?
[Fiona looks down not wanting to answer]
If I could see my mother... for just one more time... I would have gave everything in my possession for that.
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The credits are displayed initially with images from the film and of the characters and events beside/ behind them. This then changes to a music clip of "#1 Spice" by Young Cardamom And Hab (from the soundtrack) being shown to the left of the credits. The clip continues until the end of the credits. See more »
This Disney-fied underdog story hits all the right notes
The Disney-fied underdog "based on a true story" movie is certainly not new or original, but this movie nails it. The cast is stellar. The Ugandan setting is authentic. The emotion is just right. My kids were totally into it. And honestly? So was I.
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