The Cast Lists:
Peter Odeke played as Mr. Barumba
Ethan Nazario Lubega played as Benjamin
Lupita Nyong'o played as Nakku Harriet
Ronald Ssemaganda played as Ivan
Esther Tebandeke played as Sara Katende
Nikita Waligwa played as Gloria
The film is a biographical drama, sports movie by director Mira Nair with writer William Wheeler. The movie depicts the living of Phiona Mutesi, the Ugandan girl staying in a slum area in Katwe who learned to play chess and then became the Woman Candidate Master right after her presentation at the World Chess Olympiads. The movie was adapted from the article of ESPN magazine and the book written by Tim Crothers. The movie producer was Walt Disney Pictures with the ESPN Films.
The Cast Lists:
The Story Line:
Staying in the slum area of Katwe in Uganda, in Kampala, is a continuous fight for the 10-year-old Madina Nalwanga as Phiona and her family. Their world varies one day when they met Katende in the missionary program. Katende trained soccer and instructed the kids to play chess. Interested, Phiona come near and discovered the game. She became captivated by it and then became the best player under the Katende's guidance. Through the years, her victory in tournaments and competitions leads her greater competitions, identity issues and stress too. Phiona must discover more than a game as she is represented to life outside the Katwe. Her formal and informal education both keeps on as she dreamt of evading a life full of poverty for herself and her family.
The Queen of Katwe film was screened at the Toronto International Movie Festival in 2016 and had its limited released in the US in September of 2016. Nagenda visited Mira Nair in their home in Uganda to tell the tales of Mutesi. She was captivated by its tales and says that she was always surrounded by this kind of local tales, but did not do anything in Uganda ever since 1991. She said that she adored much any story where people make something out of nothing. Mira Nair met Mutesi, with her mother, Harriet, together with the chess crowd that runs by trainer Robert Katende. Mira Nair requested screenwriter William Wheeler that came to Kampala to carry out interviews with the principal facts as the basis for the screenplay. Mira Nair recorded the little high-concept and then presented it at the Disney production, to ease the studio's main concerns regarding the movie story being totally set in Africa.
The Writers’ View:
Queen of Katwe moves out far beyond the normal cliché film: an underdog overcomes hardships to win in the championship. Here, magnificent actors depict actual people fighting with the realities in their lives: overcoming poverty, single motherhood, feeling out of place, and facing the context of playing at the top level of every game. Mainly, compelling is the main tale of Phiona's mother, someone that lost a husband and struggled to supply for the needs of the four kids by vending cooked maize inside the market. The performance of the actress that portrays the role showed her strength, together with her boundaries with integrity. This film has a wonderful performance and Phiona's story being the chess prodigy coming from the slum area of Katwe, Uganda is inspiring, insightful and harrowing. The film was not settling for just a trophy as their outcome, but focused on the influence on Phiona together with her family all along the way.
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