Queen of Katwe is a movie about Phiona Mutesi, a young girl who lives in a slum in Uganda. Living in harsh conditions in a slum, young Phiona struggles to make ends meet for her family and herself. Life ahead looks bleak and hopeless. At this juncture, she becomes interested in free chess classes started by Robert Katende.
Soon it turns out Phiona has a knack for chess, which under the guidance of her coach reaches prodigious levels.
Directed by the master storyteller Mira Nair Queen of Katwe is a story of great hope that sport can bring in life. There are several moments in the film in which we believe Phiona when she says she can never come out of the poverty and difficult circumstances that surround her. Yet, with the gentle prodding of her coach and the support of her brave mother, who seeks opportunities for her children, Phiona triumphs.
Children in the age group 9 to 16 will both enjoy and learn much from this movie. For starters, they will learn that they can always beat the odds if they have a plan.