Queen of Katwe
First screened in September 2016
Director: Mira Nair. Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Kabanza, Taryn Kyaze, Nicolas Levesque, Ivan Jacobo, Ethan Nazario Lubega, Ronald Ssemaganda, Nikita Waligwa, Edgar Kanyike, Estehr Tebandeke, Hope Katende, Philip Luswata, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Akin Omotoso, Maggie Benedict. Screenplay: William Wheeler (based on the book The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers).

Twitter Capsule: Nicely balances a road-to-glory sports narrative with a grasp of its characters' complicated lives. Take your kids!

VOR:   U.S. films set in Africa are rare, still more so when they are not about famine or misery, still more when they are for kids (but not childish).

Photo © 2016 Walt Disney Pictures/ESPN Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

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