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Queen of Katwe review: an exceptional underdog sports story that breaks the rules

The Verge Mira Nair
Friday, 23 September 2016 ()

Queen of Katwe review: an exceptional underdog sports story that breaks the rulesMira Nair’s inspirational chess drama Queen of Katwe is remarkable in the simplest but most profound way: it’s an American film about Africa that doesn’t feel like it was made by tourists. The film, based on the life of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, was partially shot in the Kampala slum of Katwe, where Mutesi grew up. Nair, the Indian-born, New York-based director of Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake, has worked in Kampala before. She shot part of her film Mississippi Masala there. She met her Ugandan husband during that shoot. And she subsequently founded a small Kampala film school, with a focus on helping young Ugandans tell their own stories in cinema. American films set in African countries tend to focus on white characters...
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queen katwe movie reviews Queen of Katwe Review Queen of Katwe is a heavy-handed variation of the Disney inspirational sports drama formula, but a sincere and well-meaning one too. Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Philona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) – who as a young girl grew up in Katwe, an...

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