The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe

The Queen of Katwe is a movie about a 13-year-old girl (Phiona), who overcomes poverty in a small Ugandan town. She is one of five children, who seem to have no way out of the vicious cycle. It seems that the only way to make money is to become a prostitute or engage in crime. Her mother warns her children about the dangers. A teacher (coach) gets Phiona interested in chess as a way to improve her life. She develops great skill, and begins competing. Phiona’s mother finds ways to get money so that her daughter may go to school and travel to chess competitions. She must sense that this is a way out for Phiona.
In no time, Phiona is winning tournaments. As Phiona and her chess mates continue to compete and get better, Phiona’s mother is afraid her daughter is changing, and is forgetting her family responsibilities. She tells the coach whatever happens is his doing. Meanwhile, the coach is offered a lucrative job, and has to decide if he wants to leave the town and abandon his pupils, or stay and help them.
The scenery is somewhat shocking since the village is muddy and rundown. All the actors do a superb job, and the storyline is entertaining. The national pride of the people was very evident.
This is a “feel good” movie that will get you rooting for the underdog!

–Carl

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