Queen of Katwe, A Look into Uganda’s Next Big Movie
Queen of Katwe trailer finally surfaces on the web. Word has been traveling along the Kampala streets about a movie that centers on our own legendary chess star Harriet Mutesi. Despite the hype, we have seen or heard a little about the filming and what really is going on.
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Queen of Katwe trailer
Some of our citizens are even worried maybe they are going to use some batch of actors with “Nigerian” accents to play as Ugandans and yet the country is full of them. Probably, they would be pissed if they did.
Anyway, this is not about who or what is going to surface in the movie but whether they will manage to keep the story original and to its roots. The first trailer by Disney has been released and it’s starring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.
The story of the the movie revolves around Phiona Mutesi, a young Ugandan chess prodigy. Lupita plays as Phiona Mutesi’s mother Harriet Mutesi while David stars as Robert Katende, a missionary who teaches local children how to play chess. After seeing Phiona (Madina)’s potential, Robert mentors her to become a chess world champion, despite her family’s impoverished circumstances.
Lupita told EW that working with the children in “Queen of Katwe” was easier than she expected it to be.
Lupita, “It opened my heart and made me a better actress,” “I have so much love and admiration for the children. They all shine in this film.”
“There is an ease in the Ugandan demeanor that is very welcoming. I love the melody of the accent, the food, the music and the people’s inherent style. There was a familiarity with my home country being right next door but also complete surprise in what was so different.”
A touching and yet a very admirable thing to say, Lupita has been in movies like Star Wars: Force Awakens, 12 Years of A Slave to mention but a few.
A few things about Lupita Amondi Nyong’o
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and filmmaker born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya. Nyong’o began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga (2009).
Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan actress and the first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award. –Wikipedia
Queen of Katwe will be a limited release in the U.S on September 23 which is kinda awkward since you expect the country on which the story is based on to have the first glace of Phiona Mutesi’s story. However, screening for Kampala hasn’t been confirmed yet and we will have to wait and see what really Disney has to offer in this movie.
Feel free to air out your views in the comment section and let us know what you think about the movie.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.