Queen of Katwe

“Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong. You belong where you believe you belong. Where is that for you?” -Robert Katende 

         Since the very first time that I saw the trailer for Queen of Katwe, I had been counting down the days until I could see this movie. I had been so excited about finally having a joyous movie about Uganda that end's happiness and not tragedy. Watching the trailer also brought me back to Uganda and made me feel like I was at home in Uganda sitting on the veranda in Toggo. I quickly began sharing any and every trailer I came across for the movie. Queen of Katwe came out on Friday and my friends and I saw it on Saturday.  

      Queen of Katwe is a true story about a young women with a dream of becoming a Grandmaster one day. Phiona grew up in Katwe Uganda. Growing up Phiona was unsure of her future, she never looked past the day at hand and barely knew if she'd eat each day. Robert Katende was a young man who grew up in a similar situation to Phiona and was able to create a better future for himself and made it his life goal to help others create the same future for themselves. He started the chess project in Katwe and that is where Phiona began to dream of a new future, she began schooling, knowing she would eat each day, and developed hope for the first time. 

         The movie was filmed entirely in the slums of Katwe, Uganda and bit in South Africa. The girl who played Phiona was a Ugandan young women who lived in a village next to Katwe. There was also hundreds of Ugandan kids that would fill the street each day that became apart of the film as well. Each of the actors cast in their rolls did a fantastic job. They truly became their characters and I felt like I was in Uganda watch their lives play out. 

         Queen of Katwe was honestly all I had hopped it would be and more. I admittedly felt like I was back in Uganda hanging out with my kids. I sat in the theatre dreaming of being in Uganda again.This movie truly was a beautiful depiction of what life in Uganda is like! They did such an amazing job on showing you how people in Uganda live! I sat in tears for much of the movie but not because of the struggles they face instead for how they handle those struggles with such grace and happiness! I also sat in tears because I began to miss my kids in Uganda even more than I already had. This movie is a must see, and I believe that everyone should go see it, and I promise you wont be disappointed. I believe that you will have a new appreciation for your life and develop hope for your future that you may never have thought you could develop. 

         If any of you are wondering what life in Uganda is like, how I may live when I am in Uganda go see Queen of Katwe. If you are looking to see a movie that will really touch your heart go see Queen of Katwe. If you want to see a movie that will bring you hope go see Queen of Katwe. If you want to see a movie that will make you smile, laugh, and then cry go see Queen of Katwe. Honestly, just go see Queen of Katwe. You will be so happy that you did I promise. It was the perfect thing to get me even more pumped for my upcoming move and to fill the void as a wait. I would honestly give everything abut Queen of Katwe a 10/10! 



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