The Real People of Queen of Katwe

The cast of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is quite amazing. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. But what is the story of the real people of Queen of Katwe?

David Oyelowo as Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s Queen of Katwe
David Oyelowo as Robert Katende and Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi in Disney’s Queen of Katwe

The Real People of Queen of Katwe

Phiona Mutesi is the real life a young, brave girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda. When the “Queen of Katwe” is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende, the story tells of the support she receives from her family and community as she pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

The Real People of Queen of Katwe Phiona Mutesi and Madina Nalwanga
Phiona Mutesi and Madina Nalwanga

Phiona’s story is truly compelling and heartwarming as you feel the emotions of the human spirit. The story begins when she started with Robert’s chess program in a makeshift Agape Church in Katwe and is now applying to college and hopes to become a doctor or lawyer.

The Real People of Queen of Katwe Madina Nalwanga (right) as Phiona Mutesi Phiona Mutesi (right, green shirt), Robert Katende (back row center)
Photo left – Madina Nalwanga (right) as Phiona Mutesi      Photo- right Phiona Mutesi (right, green shirt), Robert Katende (back row center)

Robert still has his chess classes and it’s fun to see the mirror of the movie and real-life. It makes the movie that much more interesting to watch.

Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi at Robert’s chess program
Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi at Robert’s chess program.

I love Disney’s inspirational true stories, and this is one I am looking forward to sharing more as I head off to the premiere of the film in a few weeks. More details to come soon! In the meantime, enjoy this special look at The Queen of Katwe.

 

QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

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The Real People of Queen of Katwe

 *I screened the Queen of Katwe during a press event with Disney for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

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