Saturday, October 1, 2022

The FilmStrip: ‘Queen of Katwe’ Featured at Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC

David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga in ‘Queen of Katwe’
David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga in ‘Queen of Katwe’

*The Urbanworld Film Festival presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO will take place in New York City September 21-25.

Featured in the Festival is Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” based on the true story of a young girl, Phiona (Madina Nalwanga), from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

As a result of the support Phiona receives from her family and community, she is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair, the film stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga. A Q&A with Oyelowo, one of Urbanworld’s 2016 festival ambassadors, and Nair will immediately follow the screening of the film.

Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director and Head of Programming at Urbanworld says with REVOLT as their presenting partner and HBO as a founding partner, they are honored to elevate and showcase an inclusive representation of talented storytellers.

“In our 20th anniversary year,” she went on to say, “Urbanworld’s curated selections highlight content from around the world, enabling the festival to further expand the gaze on the many distinct voices that deserve to be heard. “We are proud to be a welcoming home for filmmakers, film enthusiasts and industry partners, all of whom return to Urbanworld to celebrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking.”

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Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at       Twitter: @thefilmstrip    

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.




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