The Real 'Queen of Katwe' Phiona Mutesi Is Totally Badass — EXCLUSIVE CLIP
Disney's Queen of Katwe is finally coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, so if you missed the movie in theaters, you're in luck. Queen of Katwe is about badass women — namely Phiona Mutesi, a teenage girl who emerged from extreme poverty in Uganda to become one of the world's best chess players. In the exclusive clip below, Mutesi and some of the young Queen of Katwe stars open up about their ambitions, inspired by the main theme of the film: not to give up on your dreams.
Queen of Katwe, available on Digital HD Jan. 10, and on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 31, tells the true story of Mutesi and how she was introduced to chess. Forced to leave school at just nine years old, Mutesi lived in a slum in Uganda when she met Robert Katende, a man who would become her chess coach. She has since won the junior girl's chess championship in Uganda three years in a row (2009-2012), and, in 2014, she played in the 41st Chess Olympics. Now, Mutesi can add subject of a Hollywood film to her impressive resumé, and, in this clip from the Queen of Katwe Blu-ray bonus content, Mutesi reveals what's next on her agenda. "I want to become a lawyer. Right now, I'm finishing my high school, and I'll be joining my university," Mutesi says in the clip, adding, "I want to become also a grandmaster in chess."
One of the themes of Queen of Katwe is the importance of discovering talent and intelligence where such attributes might go unnoticed — like, for example, the slums of Uganda. "This is the kind of genius that can slip through the cracks, so to see it discovered is something that I hope will speak to anyone and everyone, anywhere," explains co-star David Oyelowo at the beginning of the clip, which asks the film's young stars, most of whom made their film debuts in Queen of Katwe, what they want to be when they grow up. "I really want to continue with this acting, and dancing. That's the last thing that I will never forget in my life," says Madina Nalwanga, who starred as Phiona in the film.
Whatever their dreams, I don't think I'm the only one who thinks the kids of Queen of Katwe can achieve whatever they put their minds to.