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Madina Nalwanga stars in The Queen of Katwe in a mind-boggling game.

From the slums of Katwe, Uganda, The Queen of Katwe tells an inspiring, true story of a young girl who shows talent in the field of chess. Her talents in the game were discovered by her influential coach. As they collaborate together, a new chess master arises. Directed by Mira Nair, the movie was released on September 23, 2016.




Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) comes from the poor area of Katwe, Uganda. With her mother, Nakku Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), struggling to feed and care for four children, Phiona was burdened with family issues. After following her younger brother, Mugabi Brian (Martin Kabanza), to a chess lesson, Phiona met Coach Robert Katende  (David Oyelowo). As Robert discovers her talents in chess, he encourages Phiona to pursue in this field. However, her mother’s objection hinders Phiona from becoming a chess master. Faced with two opposing sides, Phiona faces a long road to success.




Phiona’s story is a touching and unforgettable tale. Her determination to succeed and her talents will amaze those who watch the movie. The plot was well-developed, and the transitions of scenes were very smooth. Watchers also feel anticipation for Phiona whenever she plays chess because every move decides her future. The actors and actresses really depicted the characters well, reflecting how Phiona’s life really was like back then. The only shortcoming of the movie would be the clarity. The words were sometimes inaudible due to the amount of background noise. Despite the sound issue, the movie was still exceptional. The Queen of Katwe is recommended to teens and above, for younger children may not understand some of the issues that are mentioned in the movie. Best true story adapted into a movie!


(5 star out of 5)