Queen of Katwe (2016)
Not a lot of people have seen this chess drama — we only saw it on a plane — but it may be the best movie Disney has ever released. Mira Nair looks unflinchingly at the dangers to a young girl growing up with every imaginable disadvantage in an Ugandan slum. And yet, in a fair contest, she’s an absolute force. The true story of Phiona Mutesi includes excellent performances by David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga. We aren’t too proud to tell you that we cried a bit on that plane.
Queen of Katwe is inspired by the real life of chess player Phiona Mutesi.