The Unlikely Champion Queen of Katwe Movie Trailer Reveal and Synopsis!
homeschool has been pretty busy getting geared up with new choices in
learning this year! Well, let me fill you in on a little secret of ours,
we love using films in our homeschool. Films add to our wonderful array of curriculum and help the children understand
historical happenings around the world! The more culturally competent films that we
find, the better off the world will be one child at a time right? The
story of Queen of Katwe is based upon true happenings and she is an awesome unlikely champion!
champions are those that you would never really have imagined to
triumph over obstacles. That means that it will be kind of hard for you to guess
one in the future. But, I can almost bet you know of one right now.
Hmmmm, think on that for a while and feel free to comment about your
unlikely champion below. In the meantime take a look at the featurette and synopsis and get geared up to
head to the movies this Friday, September 30th when Queen of Katwe
releases in U.S. theaters. We can't wait!
Will Open in U.S. Theaters
Friday, September 30, 2016.
of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from 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 from a screenplay by
William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher,
p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as
executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David
Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o 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 with 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.