It’s not often that I watch a movie trailer that gives me chills and makes me tear up, but that is exactly the reaction that the trailer for Queen of Katwe gave me.
Movies that are based on a true story have a tendency to tug at the heart strings, and this new movie from Disney looks like it is going to deliver just those types of emotions.
I’m marking my calendar for September 23rd, when I’ll be sitting in a movie theater wrapped up in the life of a young girl from the rural streets of Uganda–likely with a tissue or two in hand. And yes, this looks to be an uplifting story, and I’ll be crying happy tears.
About the Movie
A featurette from Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE featuring new footage from the film and interviews with stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, is now available. The film, which is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda who becomes an international chess champion, opens in theatres on September 23rd.
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“Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
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.
Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.