Wed 8 Mar
To coincide with International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to present Queen of Katwe, the extraordinary new film by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding).
Based on a true story, Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) lives in impoverished rural Katwe, Uganda, where she scratches a living by selling corn on the streets. Her life changes dramatically when football player-turned-missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo) introduces her to chess. Phiona displays a remarkable aptitude for the game, prompting Katende to become her mentor. As she advances through local competitions, she draws on support from her mother Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) and the wider community on the way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a champion.
This uplifting underdog drama is a heart-warming celebration of family, commitment and self-belief. It boasts superb performances from Selma star David Oyelowo and 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, alongside talented newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
African-style food will be provided by South Norwood’s Bantu Chefs Kitchen.
Competitive streak? Join us in the bar from 6pm for board games with The Ludoquist, Croydon’s upcoming Board Game café and bar.
There will be something for everyone – chess sets, African games such as Mancala, some modern games like Santorini, and just plain fun silly games if you don’t want to think too hard! Experts will be on hand to teach any rules, so no swotting required.
Time: Doors 7pm. Film programme 8pm
Price: £8 / £6 members
Film certificate: PG
Film duration (in minutes): 124 mins
Partners: The Ludoquist, Bantu (food), Speaker TBC