Queen of Katwe

1_blogHave you ever played chess before? If you know the rules of the game, you would especially enjoy watching a movie about it! Queen of Katwe is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi. Phiona becomes a famous chess player in not only Uganda, where she is from, but also in the world. Her impressive story is in theaters now!



For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi and her family, life in the impoverished slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende, a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking. All these skills are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her. But her mother is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments and breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty, and save her family.

Visit the official website here. In theaters September 30, 2016.