Run time: 124 mins

Director: Mira Nair

Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga.

Synopsis: Queen of Katwe is the colourful 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.


Acclaimed director Mira Nair [Monsoon Wedding (2001), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012), Vanity Fair (2004)] returns after 25 years to Uganda [Mississippi Masala (1991)] to bring us this inspirational true-life drama – a genuine feel-good film for all the family, about a girl from an African slum who dreams of becoming a chess champion.

Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) lives in impoverished rural Katwe, Uganda, where she scratches a living by selling corn on the streets. Her life changes dramatically when football player-turned-missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) introduces her to chess. Phiona displays a remarkable aptitude for the game, prompting Katende to become her mentor. As she advances through local competitions, she draws on support from her mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) and the wider community on the way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a champion.

Like James Napier Robertson’s film, The Dark Horse (2014) starring Cliff Curtis, The Queen of Katwe is based on an extraordinary true story where chess plays a pivotal role. Director Mira Nair’s uplifting underdog drama is a heart-warming celebration of family, commitment and self-belief. It boasts superb performances from Selma star David Oyelowo and 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, alongside a luminous one by talented newcomer, Madina Nalwanga.’

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Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair.

Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story QUEEN OF KATWE, directed by Mira Nair.