Queen of Katwe

Synopsis: A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.
Director(s): Mira Nair
Production: Walt Disney Studios
  2 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


Am I ready?

You belong here.

Morning, Mrs. Kimbale.


Brian, still sleeping.



My little brother, get up!

Go away

You go away

It's only one.

It's 500 each.

All five?

- All five?

- Yeah.


Hey, when you want bargain?

Sir, pay me 1,000.

Two bags! Two bags!

Two bags, please.

Your mother

still owes me some money.

We'll make it up tomorrow.

That's it.

Now, tell your mother

I need my money.

Oh, my god, Phiona.

He rode me on his boda.

Latest model, Chinese roadster.

China! Yeah!

Ask your sister why this man

takes young girls

on his boda boda.

Mother asks, "why does he take

young girls on his boda?"

Theo has a big heart!


I think she should keep this

boy at a proper distance.

You must get 1,000, Phiona.

No, mama, it's too much.

I'm tired!

So am I.

Patricia's mother does not

force her to sell. I'm tired.

Patricia's mother has

a husband who is alive.

Did your father leave me

any money when he died?


Night, let's go

Night, where you going?

To get a ride.


Are you the mother

or the sister?

For you I'm not either.

And I know a hyena

when I see it.

You keep away from my daughter.

Stop it, mummy!

If I see you sniffing

around here again...

I will burn this

pile of tin to scrap!

You be careful.

This bike is worth more

than everything you have.


Me, I'm gone.


I will never forgive you

for this.

I don't need your forgiveness!

I need you to sell maize

to feed your brothers!



Shirts. Shirts.

Shirts is outside.

Shirts is out.

Come here.

Shirts is outside you.

Spread out! Spread out!

Joseph! Long passes!

Keep playing, keep playing.


They turned you down.

I warned you.

They don't care

about your marks.

Only your family status.

I surrender, my friend.

I will accept the position

at your ministry...

But only until I'm able to find

an engineering job.

What makes you think

I still have a job for you?

So, you would be willing

to restore hope...

And transform the lives

of children through sports.

Full time.

I would.


Katwe needs you.

One maca?

Just 300.

I said, no, thank you. Gosh!

Thank you. Keep dancing.

Keep dancing.

Thank you, madam.

Take my bucket, Phiona.

Where do you go every day?


Brian! We haven't made

1,000 shillings yet!


Let's go!

Go! Go! Go! Go!

Why aren't you taking part?

You can break bones

playing football.

My mother refuses.

No money for doctors.

Me, I have broken a few bones

playing football myself.

Joseph, what did I just say?

There's another game

you can play.

Have you heard of chess?

Me, I know.

You kiss a person

and try to catch them.

No. It is a board game.

I can teach you.

I don't want.

Too bad, eh?

I thought you might like

beating city boys.

What do you mean?

When I was at school...

the city boys

with their gold watches,

they loved this game.

They had contests

to see who was the best.

I'm ready when you're ready.

Me, I was an orphan.

So, like you,

I had no gold watch...

But I practiced my chess.

And I defeated them all.

Thank you.

I have tuition to pay.

Bring us this game.

You want to play chess?



Morning, Brian.

- Morning.

- Morning, Brian.


Morning, guys!

Hi, Gloria.


- Joseph, hi.

- Morning, Ivan.

Hey, here comes coach.

Good morning, pioneers!

Good morning, coach!

Where are the cups?

Come for porridge!

Young girl.


Come inside. Come.

Are you hungry?


You smell!

Who is that girl?

Have you been running

in mud like a pig?

Go away, smelly girl.

This is not your game.

Let go!

Let go! Let go!

Next time

I will tear that fat nose

right off your head!

Who else is brave?

Me, I'm not brave.

Hey! A fighter.

What is your name?



This is a place for fighters.


I will take these rotten ones

from yesterday...

But you should be

giving them to me for free.

I'll give you something for free

when you give me

something for free.


No charge.

Abdul, go and play ruwenda.

Gloria, would you

please show Phiona

how to move the pieces.


We must be merciful

to the wicked.


This is little man.

His boda is broken,

so he can only bump into things.

Beep, beep, beep.

This is the queen.

She is the most powerful

of all the pieces.

What do they all do?

They kill each other.

See, dead.

This is the president.

If your president is trapped,

nowhere to go...

You say, checkmate.


Now, go away.

I don't like your bad smell.

Hey, Phiona!

How is your life?

It is fine.

Let us pray

Oh, lord, bless the food

we are going to eat. Amen.


Mom, I'm satisfied.

You have my share, mom.

I'm satisfied, mom.

You have eaten.



You better not be

eating the maize.

Look, the fire glows

Yes! Yes, I beat you.

Aha! The pig has had a bath.


you're playing with fire.

Quiet, Benjamin.


Coach calls it promoting.

But I call it queening.

When you scoot little man

down the board...

Square by square...

When he reaches the back rank...

He becomes...


A queen.

In chess...

The small one

can become the big one.

That's why I like it.


You take care of Richard.

I'm going to find night.







Mother just went

to look for you.


Where did you get this?

I told you.

Theo is kind hearted.

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