Thank you Disney for inviting me to attend the #QueenOfKatwe Event. Although all of my expenses were paid, all opinions are my own.
When I first saw the trailer of Queen of Katwe, I knew that it was a movie I was going to fall in love with, not only because it was a story about hard work and determination, but because it was based on a true story.
Whenever I get to watch a movie that was based on a true story I am so curious about the real life inspirations behind the film. I wonder how they’re doing now, if they received the movie well and how accurate it is to their real story. I am so grateful to have recently had the opportunity to attend the Queen of Katwe red carpet premiere last week, where I was able to not only watch the movie but also interview the cast and the real life inspirations as well.
Queen of Katwe is a story about Phiona Mutesi, a young girl living in the slums of Katwe a small city in Kampala, Uganda and how her world is changed when she becomes introduced to the wonderful game of chess. Her mentor, Robert Katende, teaches and guides her on her journey and as a result she is determined to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
Her story is truly amazing.
I actually read the book Queen of Katwe on the airplane on my way to Los Angeles because I wanted to learn more about her story before watching it on the big screen and I’m so glad I did.
The movie stayed very true to the book. It was directed in a way that really takes you inside the life of Phiona and takes you inside her everyday struggles living in poverty in Uganda. The movie was actually filmed in Uganda and the actors you see on the screen are the real neighborhood kids that live there.
What I loved about the movie was that it held my attention the whole way through. There were so many scenes that really drew me in, scenes that had me laughing out loud, and scenes that had me crying like a baby. I loved how intense the movie was because I feel like it really shows you what people around the world are going through– this is how they live, this is their everyday life.
Queen of Katwe will inspire you.
Watching Phiona struggle and overcoming that struggle really inspired me so much. I wish I was as brave as Phiona. She took chances and believed her in own dreams when no one else would. She was hardworking and determined against all odds and because of her dedication to her passion, she was able to live out her dreams.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is the flood scene and the Sudan games scenes. I won't spoil anything of course, but those were my favorite scenes. Two different dynamics and one that made me cry and one that made me laugh, respectively.
You MUST watch Queen of Katwe. It is honestly one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Take your entire family to see this movie, you will love it.
Stay for the end scene because they show you the real life people and the actors who play them and what they’re doing now. It’s so amazing to see how far they’ve come.
Queen of Katwe is now playing in select theaters and will be open in theaters everywhere on September 30!
Read about my Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Experience.