Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope & Opportunity

By 9/22/2016 12:20:00 PM

When I first say the "Opportunity" video clip for Disney’s Queen Of Katwe, I was so touched by it.

As a mother currently struggling with my son's independence, I understood the choice faced by Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), who was being asked to let go of her children so they could take a new journey in life.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity

Let me tell you, under normal circumstances letting a child do something outside your power and control as parent is hard. There is no way to explain how hard it is. As parents we want to protect and keep our kids safe.

But sometimes our kids lives take them down paths that are outside our safety net. Then we have to choose. Do we limit our kids or let them go so they can grow and became something more then we dreamed.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity video clip

In the "Opportunity" video clip Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) makes the choice to let Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her brother make different life choices. Choices that take them away from home and into a whole new world. Living life in the streets of rural Uganda can't be easy.

I can only guess that the hope of something better for her children is what tipped the scales for Harriet. And is it this hope from her mother that allows Phiona to change her life and the life of her family.

When speaking about Harriet, Lupita Nyong’o shared

“The story has a lot to do with the power of dreams. Robert believes that dreams are what can manifest a life well lived, while for Harriet, dreaming is dangerous because it fills you with expectations that life may not be able to meet.

For her, it is a tug of war between love and fear: to love is to fear for those you love. But then she realizes that it is her fear that is holding her child back and she has to learn to let go of it."

Watch the Queen of Katwe: "Opportunity" video clip

Do you see why I was so touched by this video clip?! I can't wait to learn more about Harriet, Phiona and their real life story when QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!


“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, Phiona is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers.

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