Queen of Katwe (2016)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 5 mins

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A young girl from Uganda trains to become a world chess champion.

Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o, Madina Nalwanga, Martin Kabanza

Crew: Mira Nair (Director), Sean Bobbitt (Director of Photography), Alex Heffes (Music Director)

Rating: U (India), PG (Singapore)

Genres: Drama, Sports, Biography

Release Dates: 07 Oct 2016 (India), 14 Oct 2016 (South Africa)

Tagline: One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.

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Did you know? The lead role of Phiona Mutesi was initially decided to be played by a newcomer Ugandan actress Read More
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as Robert Katende
as Harriet Mutesi
as Phiona Mutesi
as Mugabi Brian
as Rwabushenyi Official
as Snooty Lady in Car
as Rwabushenyi Official
as Zesiro
as Katende's Mother
as Kagramanov
as Phiona's Fan
as Hospital Administrator
as Young Katende
as Joseph
as Elizabeth
as Sara Katende
as Benjamin
as Gloria's Opponent
as Hope Katende
as Mrs. Kimbale
as Corn Farmer
as Young Richard
as Phiona's Fan
as Mr. Wilson
as Manicure Lady
as Benjamin's Opponent
as Chess Pioneer
as Budo Secretary
as Brian's Opponent
as Bricklayer
as Chess Federation Secretary
as Theo
as Man on Boda
as 'Brian' Stunt Double
as Older Richard
as Gloria
as Ggaba Merchant
as Kikomando Kid
as Enoch Barumba
as Minister Aloysius Kyazze
as Chess Pioneer
as Nurse
as Christine Namaganda
as Russian Chess Official
as Katende's Grandmother
as Geography Teacher
as Shakira
as Pritchard's Friend
as Chess Pioneer
as Night
as Doctor
as Chief Guest
as Pritchard
as Chess Pioneer
as Bookie Student


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Music Director
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Music Coordinator
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Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Editor
Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist
Sound Mixer


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Location Manager
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Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

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Post Production Supervisor

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Coordinator

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Visual Effects Supervisor
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Atmos
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
Archival Source:
One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Queen of Katwe (Hindi)
Filming Locations:
Queen of Katwe was selected for the 21st edition of International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).

South African actress, Maggie Benedict was rumoured to have a role in the film

The lead role of Phiona Mutesi was initially decided to be played by a newcomer Ugandan actress

At the end of the film, the actors appear alongside the real life people that they had potrayed

Director Mira Nair had decided to adapt "Queen of Katwe" into a film after making a documentary on the life of the man who trained Phiona Mutesi, Robert Katende

Ugandan fashion mogul, Sylvia Owori had bought her way into the film as an extra at an auction that acted as a fundraiser for Maisha Film Labs

The film is rumored to have introduced a lot of fresh talent with regards to young actors required for the film with a mixture of South African and Ugandan youth are to be cast in various roles.