Queen of Katwe

We just wanted to recommend the amazing film Queen of Katwe, which is currently streaming on Netflix!


It’s a wonderful movie with a strong African female character and covers all kinds of fantastic topics like choices and consequences, hard work and endurance, pride and humility, chastity, dating, boundaries, bullies, friendship and social skills, teamwork, parent-child communication, domestic violence, and overcoming the limitations of your background.

It’s based on a true story!

We used it last night for Family Home Evening, and it’s one we will purchase someday to use again and again.   It’s one I want my girls especially to watch over and over, and filled with characters that model traits for them to incorporate.  It’s a story they can watch now, but with layers that will unfold for them as they grow into teenagers rewatching it. 

The story is about a 9 year old Ugandan girl who becomes a Master at chess.

We love chess anyway, but finding a strong brown girl movie about chess was miraculous.  It also has a female director, and the book was written by a female, so that was good for my girls to learn as well.  It was wonderful, and enagaging for all their ages.  We all want our young princesses grow up to Queens, and this is a movie that shows them how way more than cartoon fairytales.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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