Queen Of Katwe

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For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling... read more
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For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), 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 (Oyelowo), 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 skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit 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 Harriet 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, but 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.

Original Release

09/23/2016

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Cast

David Oyelowo Robert Katende
Lupita Nyong'o Nakku Harriet
Madina Nalwanga Phiona Mutesi
Martin Kabanza Mugabi Brian
Taryn Kyaze Night (as Taryn "Kay" Kyaze)
Ivan Jacobo Young Richard
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Tendo
Nicolas Lévesque Older Richard
Ronald Ssemaganda Ivan
Nikita Waligwa Gloria
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mira Nair

Writers

William Wheeler, Tim Crothers

Cast

David Oyelowo Robert Katende
Lupita Nyong'o Nakku Harriet
Madina Nalwanga Phiona Mutesi
Martin Kabanza Mugabi Brian
Taryn Kyaze Night (as Taryn "Kay" Kyaze)
Ivan Jacobo Young Richard
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine Tendo
Nicolas Lévesque Older Richard
Ronald Ssemaganda Ivan
Nikita Waligwa Gloria
Sarah Nansubuga Geography Teacher
Teslim Animashaun Chief Guest
Lezon Mark Mugwanya Julius
David Kisakye Kagwa Young Katende
Anne-Marie Bewulira-Wandera Katende's Mother
Sarah Kisawuzi Katende's Grandmother (as Sarah Kisawuzi)
Moses Awori 'Brian' Stunt Double
Babirye Stellah Chess Pioneer
Rayan Ssewanyana Chess Pioneer
Kakande Sharif Chess Pioneer

Producers

Troy Buder Executive Producer
Will Weiske Executive Producer
John B. Carls Executive Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Executive Producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr Executive Producer
Connor Schell Executive Producer
Daniel Silver Executive Producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
John Carls Producer
Connor Schell Producer
Daniel Silver Producer
Troy Buder Producer
Genevieve Hofmeyr Producer
John B. Carls Producer

Editors

Barry Alexander Brown

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