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90 Ratings

Queen of Katwe

Directed by Mira Nair
Uganda, United States, 2016
Drama, Biography


A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.

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Queen of Katwe Directed by Mira Nair

Awards & Festivals

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Young Actress

2016 | Winner: Best Family Film

Its revelations come fast and furious. Notably Lupita's arched-back, hand-on-hip gait, the one I've seen on women of the diaspora the world over, atop which she can balance a day's worth of produce, the well-being of black people everywhere, and five gallons of water. There's Mira Nair's uncanny ability to find a kind of plainspoken prettiness in the tonal spectrum of poverty-stricken spaces; so much of the way she renders the characters and the space testifies to a mastery of their environment.
October 10, 2016
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In Queen of Katwe, the director Mira Nair captures the vitality and improbable beauty of the dense, crowded street culture in an East African slum without sentimentalizing its people or underplaying their deprivations and hazards. It's an elating achievement, and it's all the more remarkable because she pulls it off in the context of an underdog sports movie.
September 22, 2016
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Nair struggles to sex-up the highly unexciting game of chess as a spectator sport, and she doesn't expend too much screen time explaining the rules in any detail. Still, if the purpose of the film is to get kids to put down their Uzi 9mms and pick up some nice, hand-carved antique chess pieces, it certainly has merit on that level.
October 21, 2016
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