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Saturday Matinee: "Queen of Katwe"

Event Type: Arts/Crafts (700)
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 4/1/2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 Excelling in the game of chess is the unlikely route to success for a poor Ugandan girl in the uplifting film "Queen of Katwe." When young Phiona learns the game from soccer player-turned missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), her potential is hindered by the fears of her hardworking mother (Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o). But the girl is talented and determined, and so is her teacher. It turns out that Phiona inherited her fighting spirit from her mother, and the lessons she learns from chess help in everyday life too. With her mother’s eventual encouragement, along with that of the entire slum of Katwe, Phiona becomes an international chess champion. Francesca Rudkin of the New Zealand Herald points out that the film is aimed at tweens and upwards, and says it “offers something we don't see often; an accessible, enjoyable story delivered in a mature and understated manner.” Rex Reed of the "New York Observer" has a different take: “The story is true, and the message it delivers-with care and help, the disenfranchised can become role models and inspire others-is unabashedly sentimental, but in a good way.” Critics have praised the lead performances, including that of newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says “the film hits you like a shot in the heart. Nyong'o and Oyelowo are both extraordinary, giving newcomer Nalwanga a chance to shine as Phiona grows into her own woman.” Queen of Katwe may be a feel-good movie, but it teaches important lessons too. 2:04. Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and suggestive material.
Library: Dover Public Library    Map
Location: Multi-Purpose Room A