World Premier of Queen of Katwe at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

September 13, 2016

Based on a book by Tim Crothers, the biographical sports drama follows the story of Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesti. Growing up in the slums of Katwe, a then 9 year-old Mutesti was introduced to chess via a local church program that “enticed players with a free cup of porridge.”. Although she started attending just to get the meal, she developed a talent for the game, and in 2 years was Uganda’s national women’s junior champion. Since then she has gone on to compete in the Olympiads numerous times, and in 2012 she received the Woman Candidate Master title as a result of her performance.

 

Directed by Indian American filmmaker Mira Nair, the film features an entirely black cast including a 12 Years A Slave’s David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. Oyelowo described the film as a “life-affirming African story”. 

 

“I just can’t believe it right now that there’s a movie about me and a story. I just can’t believe it because when I look at myself, I’m just a person from nowhere and now I’m coming to this. I can’t believe it. It’s just exciting. I’m just excited, it’s just overwhelming me,” said Mutesi.

 

Queen of Katwe will be out in Australian cinemas December 1st 2016

 

Watch the trailer below: 

 

 

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