Disney’s Queen of Katwe is about a young girl from Uganda with a big dream and how she achieves it.



Life in Katwe is a constant struggle for 9-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), she spends her days selling vegetables on the streets, so school is not an option. Her mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), is a proud and strong-willed woman. She is the protector of her family as a single parent and works hard to support her family.

This movie is very inspirational. Phiona embraces a motto of never giving up. Though she comes from a poverty-stricken town, she never lets that define her. If you have a dream, it doesn’t matter where you come from, anyone can strive to make their dream happen; it takes drive, focus, and determination; Phiona was a beautiful example of this.



I caught myself doing that tough “mama gulp swallow” for Harriet. She is such a strong MAMA! So loves her children to the core. I have so much respect for her. I kept putting myself in her shoes at times wondering how I would handle the situation and thinking, I couldn’t. Then again thinking, this is a true story!

“Losing does not mean you are a failure.”



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Queen of Katwe is not only a beautiful movie with a positive message but is also shows us how alike we are with other cultures: We freak out when we taste new foods that we love! This is the best _____! Kids need to help clean up with the house. Mama’s love to brush their daughter’s hair. Parents worry about their children, always.

But, it also shows us our differences too and from this, we learn: We have running water. We have a roof over our head, we don’t have to have a plan during rain. Our children can go to school vs. selling vegetables.

“Challenges are not a curse”


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In the game of life…

“What matters is when you reset the pieces and start over.”



Can your Wilderness Explorers see this movie?Russell

Yes-ish. Our little guy is 7 years old and he seemed a little upset at a couple of the scenes. He did say he liked it afterwards. However, my daughter, who turned 9 today (Happy birthday my love!) LOVED it! There are a couple of scenes in there that had me cringing a bit for her (they touch on it lightly) but it’s a real issue. So, I think if you have a mature 8 or 9 year old, I think you are okay. This movie is beautiful.


 I give Queen of Katwe

5 out of 5 Balloons

🎈 🎈 🎈 🎈 🎈


QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters everywhere on September 30th!