At the movies: The Queen of Katwe
Based on a true story, The Queen of Katwe is the heartwarming and touching story of a young Ugandan girl with a natural ability and the coach who believed in her and the other children who lived in the slums of Katwe.
Robert Katende had recently graduated from college with a degree in engineering. No engineering jobs were readily available, so he took a job as a soccer coach for a missionary program. He decided to teach the children how to play chess as well and discovered a natural talent in young Phiona Mutesi. Katende entered the children in tournaments, exposing them to a world they would never have known. Phiona does well and changes her life forever.
With its inspiring story and terrific acting, I found The Queen of Katwe to be uplifting and moving. Knowing it was based on a true story made it that much better. I did find some of the chess scenes to be a little long but loved it at the end when they joined the actors with the people they were playing. This movie is suitable for the whole family and should generate some good discussions. It’s out of theaters now but be sure to catch it when it hits streaming services.