Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Unlikely Champion Queen of Katwe Movie Trailer Reveal and Synopsis!

Our 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!

Unlikely 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.


“Queen 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.