Phiona Metusi is a Ugandan girl who rose from the slum/ghetto town of Katwe in Uganda to become a champion chess player.
Her story – as adapted for film by writer William Wheeler and director Mira Nair – rising above the clichés of ‘the sports story’ by virtue of being true and being adapted with both precision and love. It is as close to a flawless film as I’ve ever seen.
A Ugandan girl from a poor family discovers chess and becomes the Ugandan champion.
Queen of Katwe is more than just a coming of age story, or the story of an unlikely hero – it’s a story in which the game of chess is a metaphor for life and provides the first opportunity Phiona has to actually make a plan for herself.
Disney has released a couple of key clips from the film that give a glimpse of Phiona in more thoughtful moments. As well, the studio has released photos that show the actors and the real people they play. You can check them all out after the break.
10-year-old Phiona Mutesi lives with her family in a slum in Katwe, Uganda. When she is introduced to chess, her family’s love and support lead her to greater things.
Disney’s Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi. It stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. It was directed by internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and opens on September 23rd. Check out the new trailer after the jump.