Queen of Katwe
Phiona Mutesi is a girl from a small Ugandan village who has big dreams – and chess might be the ticket to achieving them.
“Can you do big things from such a small place?”
This is the question that Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) ponders as she goes about life in her small, Ugandan village.
Plagued by an unshakeable feeling that she belongs somewhere else, participating in something extraordinary, Phiona is restless and frustrated, yet uncertain of what she needs to do in order to break free.
And then she discovers chess.
After the local schoolchildren teach her to play the game, Phiona finds that she is a natural, able to solve complex strategies and overcome tricky scenarios with seemingly effortless tactics of her own.
Her coach and teacher Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) immediately sees her potential, and he guides her, helping to sharpen her skills – and her resolve – until she is ready to venture out into the world and showcase her extraordinary abilities.
However, while she is desperate to spread her wings, Phiona is also afraid of the unknown.
With the support of her mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), and the enthusiasm of her community rallying behind her, she prepares to take a leap of faith and finally achieve what she has always dreamed of – big things.
Director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) leads this inspiring portrayal, based on the true story of an unlikely competitor who strives to win at the game she loves, and ends up achieving far more than she ever could have imagined.