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Queen of Katwe

The special friendship between Bedfringe and film continues with Bedford Film Festival joining us for the fifth time this year and it’s something quite special on offer, Disney’s Queen of Katwe starring: Madina Nalwanga,  David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty.

Rating: PG

iMDB Score: 7.3/10

“Disney’s rags-to-riches tale of a Ugandan chess champion will leave you with a lump in your throat” ★★★★ The Guardian

“An exceptional underdog sports story that breaks the rules. Who knew an uplifting Disney chess movie could be so satisfying?”The Verge

★★★★ The Telegraph