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The Clean Cut: Trailer for Disney's 'Queen of Katwe' tells inspirational true story

Posted May 11

At the age of 10, Phiona Mutesi’s life was completely turned around, thanks to a game of chess.

On Tuesday, Disney released a trailer for a film based on Mutesi's experience. According to the description below the trailer, "Queen of Katwe" tells the true story of a girl who spends her days selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda. When she is taught how to play chess, she quickly learns she can become something bigger than herself.

With the love and support of her mother and the people of Katwe, she makes her dream of becoming an international chess champion a reality.

The film stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga.

The trailer for the film begins with a quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner and president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”

Despite her underprivileged past, Mutesi became the national women’s junior champion of Uganda in 2007 and 2008.

In a 2013 interview with CNN, Mutesi said she felt happy and excited about the attention.

"I didn't have hope that one time, one day, I would be like someone who can encourage people, and they start playing chess," she told CNN.

Disney's "Queen of Katwe" will open in U.S. theaters Sept. 23.

Watch the video on YouTube here.

Email: kschwab@deseretnews.com

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