See “Queen of Katwe” by Mira Nair

See “Queen of Katwe” by Mira Nair

“If there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don’t think I want to meet that person.” –  A. O. Scott, the New York Times

Queen of Katwe, the latest film by director Mira Nair, premiered on Friday, September 23, and has been named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film, based on a book by Tim Crothers, tells the story of a young girl in Uganda who defies the odds to become a chess champion. The film stars Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Nair is not only a NYFA Fellow (Film ‘88), but also a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee and a member of NYFA’s Board of Directors. Her previous films include Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, and Vanity Fair.

NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowship Program awards $7,000 cash grants to artists living in New York State. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the program, and NYFA is celebrating with events and online content. Be sure to follow NYFA on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Image: Courtesy of Edward Echwalu/Walt Disney Pictures

Amy Aronoff
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