Not the most powerful: the “Queen of Katwe”

(K. Brent Tomer),

WHEN the Academy Award nominations were announced this year, the embarrassing paucity of black directors and actors in contention prompted the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to buzz around social media. 2016 marked the second year in a row in which all 20 of the acting nominations went to white men and women, despite strong performances by black actors in “Creed”, “Beasts of No Nation” and “Straight Outta Compton”. There should be slightly more diversity next time. Several dramas about African and African-American characters have had rapturous receptions at festivals, including “The Birth of a Nation”, “Moonlight”, “Southside With You” and “Loving”. Now there is “Queen of Katwe”, which tells the feel-good true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy who learnt the game while she was an illiterate girl in the Kampala slum district of Katwe. The film is a Walt Disney production, so it is quite a jolt to realise that there are no white actors in it with any dialogue of more than a few seconds. Mira Nair, its director, has called it “a radical film for Disney to…Continue reading

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