All Hail The Queen of Katwe

By  · Published on July 28th, 2016

Another girl power epic gets a trailer.

The pop culture climate is just right for girl power films. The Queen of Katwe is the definition of girl power. Judging by the trailer of the film, The Queen of Katwe seems to be a feel-good film with a cast of Academy award winners and breakout talent alike.

A product of Disney and ESPN Films, The Queen of Katwe follows the story of a young Ugandan girl named Phiona Mutesi (Madine Nalwanga). She lives in a small, impoverished village with her mother (Lupita Nygong’o) and siblings. She dreams of being bigger than the confines of her village. One day, she happens on a man (David Oyelowo) teaching several children how to play chess.

He invites Phiona aside and teaches her to play. She turns out to be prodigious. Her coach brings her to competitions and she wins against children and adults alike. She faces the discrimination inherent in being from a small village, but it does not slow her stride. She wins over and over and makes her way to the World Chess Championships.

The trailer is full of heartwarming moments of family, perseverance, and the strength of girls. This film seems so pure and so positive that it can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Even watching the trailer made me feel real happiness for the length of it, the same way that pictures of puppies and videos of cats do. This type of positive message and pure story might be just what we all need right now.

The Queen of Katwe will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10th, and will open in theaters widely on September 30th, 2016.

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