Film of the day: Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Uplifting drama about a young girl’s rise from poverty selling corn on the streets of a rural Ugandan town to international chess champion.

Hollywood loves heartstring-tugging rags to riches stories, but director Mira Nair avoids many of the hackneyed stereotypes to fashion a film that is authentic in how it portrays life in a or African community through the eyes of young prodigy Phiona (Madina Nalwanga).

What is surprising about Queen of Katwe is that it is based on a true story. It is a tale of triumph over adversity, escape from lack of opportunity, freedom from the stigma of poverty and a clarion call to young girls, who are consistently belittled and held back because of their gender, that anything is possible.

If you are of a sensitive disposition, Queen of Katwe will have you reaching for the tissues as the credits roll. As a film, it is a triumph which succeeds by addressing the issues that limit opportunities for so many and shows what can be achieved when that cycle is broken.

Film of the day: Queen of Katwe – Wednesday at 8.00pm on Sky Cinema Disney.