A young girl overcomes her disadvantaged upbringing in the slums of Uganda to become a Chess master.
Queen of Katwe
It may be about chess, but Queen of Katwe is at its core that inspirational sports film angling towards a satisfying sentimental crescendo. Chess of course is a sport but my few film encounters with it (mostly involving Bobby Fischer) toe a line different to the one our director, Mira Nair, takes. The honest setting is just as important as the characters, and that is key to really elevating this film from your conventional feel-good sports story. It also helps that superb thespians, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, put in work when called upon.
Queen of Katwe: Alicia Keys "back To Life" Featurette
Disney's "Queen of Katwe" official trailer
Lupita Nyong'o Chess Drama 'Queene of Katwe' Set for Award-Season Release
Upcoming Disney chess drama Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong'o, has been given an award-season release date, opening limited on September 23 before expanding on the 30th.