Queen of Katwe
A film about world chess champion, Phiona Mutesi.
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Queen of Katwe

English, Hindi
BiographyDramaSports
07 Oct, 2016
2 hrs 05 mins
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1,122 votes
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From the slums of Katwe, a nine-year-old Phiona Mutesi discovers the game of chess and paves her way to be known as the Queen of Katwe.
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Verdict: The humble story of an extraordinary person. With her every film, Mira Nair has come to be associated with a certain brand of filmmaking that is heavily influenced by her Indian roots. Her films beautifully portray the nuances of complex relationships and struggles, with hints of feminism. With Queen of Katwe, Nair finds her []... ...Read full review
It took Mira Nair almost 20 years to go back to her roots It took turbulent flights with her Amelia Earhart biopic, frequent failure at the box office, the euphoria of Punjabi weddings, and Bengali existentialism; but it all led to this. It took almost 20 years, but Mira Nair made the incredible journey from the slums of Bombay to the slums of Katwe. ...Read full review
Making a chess movie is a tricky move. Your first stumbling block is that, of all sports, this must be one of the most uncinematic as well as the most baffling for the novice. Even those familiar with the queens gambit need a little while to take a look at a board in an apparently tense setup and assess its import for both players. ...Read full review
Set in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, the biographical sports drama chronicles the remarkable rags-to-riches story of Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga), who became one of the first female chess champions in Ugandan sports history, despite the odds. Her meteoric rise to glory from the slums, the familys constant struggle with poverty and her coachs unflinching belief in the chess prodigy, forms the story. ...Read full review
Roughly 15 minutes into Mira Nairs new film Queen of Katwe, and your defenses are down. Good luck trying to resist the charms of this uplifting true-life drama. ...Read full review
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