Queen of Katwe is a Sign of Change to Come

Movie Trailer Cast & Crew Information Asia Release Date Plot Summary

Decades ago legendary soul singer Sam Cooke wrote the heartfelt “A Change Is Gonna Come”. Speaking of the struggles of African-Americans in the pre Civil Rights era little did he envision that even in the new millenium some men would refuse to give up their antiquated ideologies.

Police brutality, racial profiling and the #BlackLivesMatter movement were all hot button topics last year. With this years presidential elections they continue to be of concern to most African-Americans. Naturally the aftershock of such travesties plague other minorities as well.

As long as the majority hold the reigns it seemed the rest of us would be subjected to more “white saviour” propaganda pieces. We’ve seen it before in movies such as “Blindside”“The Help” and even “The Last Samurai”.

A change has to come sooner or later. Even if it gradually turns the tide.

Having more people of colour in power positions has allowed storytellers to tell their stories from their perspective and their experiences. Both “The Butler” and “Selma” did an incredible job of bringing to light the challenges and prejudices the African-American’s have have to endure and overcome. Finally it seems a segment of Hollywood has realised the importance of allowing them a voice in a public forum.

“Queen of Katwe” is remarkable in that not only is there no non-coloured “saviour” character in sight (at least in the trailer) but also that the Disney produced movie is directed by an Indian. Mira Nair, of “Monsoon Wedding” fame and “Kamasutra: A Tale of Love” infamy, directs this tale inspired by the true life story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi.

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“Queen of Katwe” will be released in America on the 23rd of September 2016. A release date for “Queen of Katwe” in Malaysia and Singapore is unavailable at time of publishing.


Queen of Katwe Cast & Crew Information:

Queen of Katwe movie poster Malaysia Singapore Director : Mira Nair
Producers : Lydia Dean Pilcher and John Carls
Screenplay : William Wheeler (Screenplay), Tim Crothers (Author)
Cast : David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga
Website : Queen of Katwe Facebook Page
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Queen of Katwe Asia Release Date:

Queen of Katwe Hong Kong Release Date : 1 October 2015
Queen of Katwe Indonesia Release Date : Unavailable at time of publishing
Queen of Katwe Malaysia Release Date : 1 October 2015
Queen of Katwe Philippines Release Date : 25 November 2015
Queen of Katwe Singapore Release Date : 26 November 2015
Queen of Katwe UK Release Date : 4 December 2015
Queen of Katwe USA Release Date : 23 September 2016
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“Queen of Katwe” Plot Summary:

Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.

Disney’s Queen of Katwe will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

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