Girls Trip to watch ‘Queen of Katwe’

Girls Trip to watch ‘Queen of Katwe’
1st August 2015

On 26th October we took 20 school girls from Townside Secondary School to  see Disney’s newest blockbuster Queen of Katwe at Century Cinemax in Kampala. The film depicts the true story of Phiona a young girl from the slums of Kampala who becomes a world champion chess player.  Many of the girls live very basically very much like Phiona in the film and were interviewed after the film about their reactions:

What are your names and how old are you?
My name is Ezereda and I am 15 years old.
My name is Moureen and I am 15 years old.
My name is Ruth and I am 15 years old.

Did you enjoy the trip to see Queen of Katwe?
Ezereda: Yes, I enjoyed. On the way to Kampala, I saw the different plantations, like sugar, which I had not seen before.
Moureen: Yes, I enjoy.
Ruth: Yes. I enjoyed because I saw the film ‘Queen of Katwe.’

Ruth and Moureen pose at the cinema with their popcorn.

Ruth and Moureen pose at the cinema with their popcorn.

Had you been to Kampala before?
Ezereda: No, I had never been.
Moureen: Never.
Ruth: No, I had not.

What did you like about Kampala?
Ezereda: I liked the way they built their buildings. There is a big difference to how we build them in Busembatia. It is important to go to different places because it gives you the inspiration to stay at school and shows you the importance of education.
Moureen: I had never been in an elevator before. And I enjoyed that.
Ruth: Everything was so exciting. I had never been to the cinema before, or even watched a film.

Did you like the film, Queen of Katwe?
Ezereda: Yes, I enjoyed. I even cried because Phiona’s family were very poor and they were suffering.
Moureen: I liked because the girl succeeded. I felt like I was the one who succeeded.
Ruth: I liked the film because it can educate someone.

What did you learn from watching Queen of Katwe?
Ezereda: I learnt that you must be patient. Without patience, Phiona would not be like the way she is. She was just suffering before, the father had died and the family was so poor.
Moureen: She respected her parents when she became ‘the Queen of Katwe’ and I admired that.
Ruth: It showed me that I need to be kind. When Phiona went to Russia she failed but carried on because of her kindness.

Phiona became a chess champion, what do you want to be when you are older?
Ezereda: When I am older, I want to be a doctor. I need to do well in all of my science classes to become successful.
Moureen: I want to be a nurse.
Ruth: I want to be a doctor. I am taking science subjects, like biology and chemistry.

Ezereda singing along to songs on the bus journey to Kampala.

Ezereda singing along to songs on the bus journey to Kampala.

 

How does WIL Uganda help you succeed?
Ezereda: Yes, I learn a lot on the programmes so I can get some help on being a doctor. I even learn some new vocabulary which is helpful.
Moureen: Watching Queen of Katwe with WIL Uganda will help my writing. Maybe if I write an article it will be published or even turned into a film, like her story was.
Ruth: Teen voices helps me become a doctor because it improves my writing and my speech.

By Jodie, Adult Literacy Volunteer.

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