Mira Nair: Queen of Katwe was my chance to tell an African story


Indian American filmmaker Mira Nair said she “jumped” at the chance of directing Queen of Katwe, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, as it gave her an opportunity to make a movie about her home town, Kampala, and show a different side to Africa. Nair’s latest film will receive its European premiere on Sunday (October 9) at the Odeon Leicester Square as part of the London Film Festival’s headline gala section. It tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world changes when she is…

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