The US Open begins this weekend and attendees can take an opportunity to watch a special complimentary advance screening of The Queen of Katwe, a biographical drama film produced by Walt Disney about the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess player who participated in the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, and in the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. In the film, Lupita Amondi Nyong’o plays Phiona whose story is much more than just chess.
The Queen of Katwe movie is scheduled for release in the United States on September 23, 2016. Some 117th U.S. Open attendees will get a chance to view a screening of the movie next Saturday, August 6th, at a theater near the venue of the U.S. Open, the Indianapolis Marriott East. Transportation from the hotel to the movie theater, starting at 6:30 p.m., is being arranged for US Chess delegates, committee members and players, and the movie is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Those who would like to see the screening should RSVP by emailing Cheryle Bruce, [email protected]
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