Disney’s Queen of Katwe is scheduled to hit theaters all over September 23rd. It’s the epic true story of a 10-year-old girl named Phiona who lives with her family in an impoverished slum in Uganda. Once Phiona discovers the game of chess, her confidence and determination reach new heights. With the support of her family and friends, she goes begins to compete in chess, eventually going on to compete at the international chess championships!
Phiona’s story is both motivating and inspiriting, making this a great movie to watch with your entire family.
Queen of Katwe Official Synopsis Courtesy of Disney
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and with the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.
Queen of Katwe Advanced Screening Details:
Date: Monday, September 19th
Location: Cinemark Merriam 5500 Antioch Dr, Merriam, KS 66202
This particular screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A featuring Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and the Director, Mira Nair.
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Keep in mind that advanced screenings are generally overbooked to ensure a full house. With this in mind, please be sure to arrive at the Storks Movie Kansas City Advanced Screening early to ensure you have a seat.
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In the meantime, be sure to check out the trailer for Queen of Katwe below!