Holly On Hollywood
“Queen of Katwe”
by Holly McClure
“Queen of Katwe” is a story about Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a 10-year-old girl who lives in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, with her mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and siblings. Her life consists of a daily struggle to help her widowed mom make a living for their family, until she discovers a local sports ministry headed by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), who teaches a group of children how to play chess. Phiona masters the game and becomes a prodigy as she realizes chess can be played by anyone and that it equalizes issues of class, education and income.
The PG story is based on real characters (as seen in the closing credits) and is truly a story that will inspire all ages. There are emotionally powerful scenes of Phiona and her family as they struggle to live in the reality of horrible conditions and inspiring scenes of Robert and his wife, mentoring Phiona and other children. The title comes from Phiona who enjoys the fact that a pawn makes it all the way across the board, against all odds, and becomes a Queen. I truly enjoyed the message of “Queen of Katwe” that is a triumph-of-the-human-spirit and one mature kids to adults will enjoy!
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Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!