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Friday, 24th September 2021
Adapted from an ESPN magazine article and book by Tim Crothers. Based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi who has represented Uganda at four Women's Chess Olympiads and is one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history.
Phiona, grew up in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda. Her family are unable to afford school so at, 10 years old, she and her younger brother help their mother sell maize in the market.
Her world changes when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), at a missionary program where Robert teaches children to play chess. Curious, Phiona joins in and learns the game. She quickly becomes a top player in the group. With Robert’s guidance and support she can now see a way out of the slum, hoping that her success at chess will secure prize money to enable her to buy a home for her family.
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