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Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter Q

According to the Missus Lady, if you asked the Mama, who I knew as the Tiny Old Lady, "What have you been doing?" and she happened to be very tired, she would answer, "I have been to see the queen."

I miss the Little Old Lady. Mewwwwwww

Queen of Katwe (2016)
Setting: Katwe, a slum in the city of Kampala Uganda

This movie is based on the life of Phiona Matessi, an Ugandan chess queen. This young woman won several junior chess championships in Uganda, as well as represented the country in four Chess Olympiads, which are tournaments with teams from various countries. What is very inspiring about Phiona's story is that the odds were quite high against her learning to play chess when you consider her circumstances. Mewwww.

Phiona and her family lived in a large slum called Katwe. When she was nine years old, she had to leave school because her father had died and the family could no longer afford to send her to school. She was also needed to help care for her younger siblings. (The Tiny Old Lady has a similar story.), as well as help bring in money, which Phiona did by selling maize.

One day, Phiona followed her brother to an after-school program in which children were playing chess. The program's director invited Phiona to sit down and learn to play the game. She picked up the game quickly and soon she challenged and won the best chess player in the program. The program's director thought that Phiona, and the other top players, had the talent and skill to do well in an upcoming chess tournament, but first he had to convince the tournament that the children of Katwe were worthy to compete with schoolchildren who did not live in slums.

How was the director able to get Phiona and the others into their first chess tournament? How did Phiona do? How did Phiona's mother react to Phiona playing chess?

A note from Su-sieee! Mac: The letter Q is the theme for this week's ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out what bloggers from around the world have written with the letter. Thank you,  ABCW team!


  1. I've been meaning to see it but haven't yet

    1. I thought the director and crew did a great job interpreting her story.

  2. Sounds like a good movie ~ great choice for Q and like 'the Mama' ~ my grandmother used to say that too ~ I have been to see the Queen ~ ^_^

    Light and love,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    1. The Missus Lady thinks that's neat that your grandmother said that, too. It surprised her the first time she heard the Mama say that response. She didn't know she know that poem.

  3. We all have people who we miss... but still, the memories are ours and nobody can take them away

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  4. Looks like something I would really enjoy.

  5. It's not surprising the Mama is missed, she was such a huge presence in all your lives.

    1. For a tiny old lady, she certainly was. Purrrrrrrrr.

  6. Chess! It reminds me of my father who loved to play chess and was playing chess right before he was felled by a massive coronary. I'm going to watch this movie.

  7. A film that is set on my watch list.
    Have a nice ABC~Week!
    Daphne ~ ABCW-team

  8. I heard about this film and that it is quite good. It sounds like an excellent film

    1. I thought the story writer and the director did a wonderful job bringing her story to life.


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