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Phiona Mutesi is a Ugandan girl who went from being a homeless street child in a slum to chess champion. Her story is being released as a Disney film around the world in October. It’s called Queen of Katweand, unusually for a film from a major studio, it has no white characters and features mainly African actors. Grainne Harrington met the actors and director in Uganda, and asked why mainstream studios don’t do this more often.
Queen of Katwe tells Ugandan chess champion's story