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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Uganda Chess Star might Inspire Film

Hi everyone, 

Is there a film being planned on Phiona Mutesi - The heroine of the book 'Queen of Katwe' by Tim Crothers? News reports originating from India suggest that Indian director Mira Nair - a resident of Uganda - intends to film Mutesi's story. Nair has made films that have earned critical acclaim - Monsoon Wedding, Kamasutra and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. 

Phiona Mutesi, the heroine of the book 'Queen of Katwe' 
with Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk 
and Robert Katende. Photo: Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam

Queen of Katwe tells the story of a teenage girl Phiona Mutesi who becomes a chess champion, overcoming the harshest circumstances in the slums of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda. The book itself is based on an award-winning ESPN magazine article by Tim Crothers on the chess prodigy who was one among a group of kids who learnt chess using bottlecaps and a cardboard sheet. Phiona went on to compete at the prestigious Chess Olympiad, and now aims to be a Grandmaster.

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