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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Queen of Katwe (2016)

This is kind of an interesting movie for Disney, one that has some really exceptional black actors, and tells the remarkable story of a young Ugandan girl who takes the chess world by storm.  And quite literally out of nowhere.  The film's director is Mira Nair.  She is the director of one of my all time favorite film trilogies: Earth, Fire, and Water,  three movies that tell some of the truths about Indian society.  The films are incredible, in that they describe the history of modern India in a succinct way.  So this movie has promise.
The story is told beautifully and sympathetically.  The outcome is clear from the beginning, it is after all a Disney movie, but the telling is worth the time it takes, and in the midst of it all we peak into a continent that is poorly known or understood.

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