Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe is a 2016 American biographical movie.


Robert and Phiona

Directed by Mira Nair, it is the story of Phiona (pronounce Fiona) Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy, based on a book of the same name by Tim Crowthers.

The whole story is uplifing despite it originating in the slums of Kampala and family friendly (PG) and the music by Alex Heffes is fantastic. It uses lots of Ugandan music and also Back to Life by Alicia Keys.

It stars Madina Nalwanga as Phiona Mutesi and she is fantastic.  David Oyelowo plays the role of missionary Robert Katende.  Lupita Nyong’o plays the role of the mother.  Those are the three main characters. The entire cast works well.


Phiona and her mother


This movie it a hit.  A big hit.  I can’t see any reason not to give it 10/10.

This is also part of my “Watching the World” series in which I have set out to watch a movie set in every country of the world.  🙂

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos. Best known for the gorillas and its former dictatorial leader, Idi Amin, and the place of many early deaths due to “AIDS” back in the seventies and eighties, it is now enjoying relative stability.





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