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Queen of Katwe

Phiona is a young girl living in Katwe, Uganda who discovers the world of chess when she follows her brother to a meeting place where his teacher is instructing the children how to play chess. Her chess skills quickly advance, and soon she beats the best kids in the town. The film does a really nice job of capturing the activity and color (and poverty) of the town. It also is a wonderful story of a girl who has found a way to use her intelligence to rise out of that poverty with the support of her mother. Thumbs up for a movie that is a bit “overproduced” for my tastes but is ultimately a great story of one girl who rises out of poverty against all odds. I think this is a wonderful film for young girls who would see her as a role model.

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