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In Queen of Katwe, witness a rare, vibrant tapestry

Monumental Pictures

When one settles into a cinema seat, we are frequently transported to another place. Whether that place is ephemeral, as Arrival recently did with it’s much-needed humanistic idealism after a particularly tumultuous year; or physical, offering an immersive sensory experience; the four walls of a cinema offer a unique kind of escapism. But how often is one treated to something unseen in Australian cinemas, a part of the world and a way of viewing it that typically completely escapes the mainstream consciousness? In the wondrous moment that that happens, it’s hard to not be in utter awe.

Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala)’s biographical film Queen of Katwe (out now around Australia)is one such creation, an irresistibly lush and passionate labour of love that is a joy to behold. It’s a true-life story where no dream is too big for a world, set in…

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