This past weekend Aly and I had to pleasure to go and see Disney’s newest film, “Queen of Katwe” starring Oscar winner Lupita N’yongo, David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga. If you haven’t had the chance to check out this movie, all I can say is-bring your tissues-there will be lots of tears.
Based on a True Story
Queen of Katwe is based on the inspiring true story of Phiona Mutesi; a young chess prodigy from the Katwe slum in Uganda along with her mother Harriet, two brothers and an older sister. With the help of her mentor, she escapes poverty, becoming an international chess champion.
“Queen of Katwe” is the 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 neds to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
N’yongo character who plays Harriet, is an uneducated woman who is widowed and does what she can to ensure the survival of her family. Her character resonated with me personally, since as a mother we often do what we need to do when it comes to our children.
Why I LOVED Queen of Katwe
This film is truly unlike anything we have seen from Disney Studio’s. At first Aly was a bit hesitant with seeing this film, as was I. A story about a chess player just didn’t seem to interest us. When we arrived at the theater there was literally nothing else playing at that time, so we decided that it honestly wouldn’t hurt to see and support this film. I can say honestly that I am we chose to see this movie-we were hooked from the very first scene! The young actress who plays Mutesi, was absolutely capitvating throughout this entire film. She had a smile that lit up the screen from start to finish.
One of the greatest lessons and takeaways Aly got from this movie is how it highlighted perserverance and the bond of family. Alyssa loved how it made her realize that it’s okay to be confident, but not too confident-once you become too confident it’s easy to lose focus. Aly was impacted in such a way, that she has been talking about this movie non stop, and even made her personal mission to learn more about Phiona. What I love most is how my daughter feels more empowered to achieve her dreams.
Life Lessons and the game of Chess
This movie highlights chess as being a metaphor for life. Robert Katende teaches that to Phiona without her or any of the other kids realizing it. In chess you have you remember to:
- weigh your options
- Keep going
- understand that sometimes you lose, but you always keep coming back to the game.
I wholeheartedly recommend taking your kids to see this film. This film is very family friendly, however there are a couple of scene’s that may lead to further conversations in your house (youth pregnancy).
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