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Queen of Katwe: Ugandan story, African actors

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Actors Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo attend the 'Queen Of Katwe' Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2016
Actors Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo attend the 'Queen Of Katwe' Virgin Atlantic Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival on October 9, 2016 John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI

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 Katwe and, 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.

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