A girl named Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) sells corn on the streets of rural Uganda, but when she begins to play chess, she sets her sights on becoming an international chess champion.
“Can you do big things from such a small place?” she asks her mother, played by Nyong’o.
“In chess, the small one can become the big one,” someone tells Phiona when she first stars learning abo
Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, the film is based on the book by Tim Crothers. Lydia Dean Pilcher and John Carls are producing, with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers.
The film, based on a true story, will be released in U.S. theaters on Sept. 23.
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