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The feature film presents the astonishing true story of an extraordinary chess coach, a resourceful mother, and a unique, young girl! Based on Tim Crothers’ book, The Queen of Katwe, the movie paints the picture of what is possible when people dare to dream and step out in faith, allowing God to use the talents He has given them.

In 2005 Sports Outreach Coach Robert Katende established a chess program to accompany the soccer and feeding programs for children living in Katwe Slum of Kampala, Uganda. Being hungry, young Phiona Mutesi came to the program and under Coach Robert’s direction discovered a talent for chess. Phiona’s mother, Harriet, wanted the best for her child even as she struggled to understand the changes that success with chess would bring to her daughter. The story shows us how God weaves lives together to accomplish His purpose. Today Coach Robert and those he has trained have engaged hundreds of children throughout Uganda and Kenya in the game of chess.

Restoring Hope, Transforming Lives



Robert and David

Robert Teaching David Oyelowo chess on set in Uganda

Robert and Phiona

Robert Teaching Phiona Chess in Katwe

Marquee Dates
World Premiere: Toronto, Canada September 10th 
U.S. Premiere:  Los Angeles, CA September 20th 
U.S. Nationwide Release:  September 23rd
African Premiere:  Kampala, Uganda  September 30th 


Pre-Screening Dates September 7-15. 
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