Queen of Katwe: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o
The Disney film Queen of Katwe is the based on the true story of missionary Robert Katende and his outreach to the kids of Uganda through sports and games. As a young girl, Phiona Mutesi went from living on the streets to becoming the National Chess Champion of Uganda and going on to compete in the World Chess Olympiad. Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale) portrays Katende on-screen and Oscar-Winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) plays Mutesi’s mother. Risen talked with the duo about maintaining authenticity, instilling confidence and following convictions.
Interviewed for Risen Magazine at the Toronto International Film Festival
Risen Magazine: I understand that early on when you were reading the script you got quite emotional. What impacted you most about this story?
Lupita Nyong’o: The fact that it is a true story about a girl from a slum in Uganda who achieves this unlikely dream of becoming an inte...
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