The Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Premiere #QueenOfKatwe

The Queen of Katwe Red Carpet Premiere

By Erin

*I attended as a guest of Disney for purposes of this post.*

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It is always a real treat to be able to attend a red carpet premiere and Queen of Katwe was no exception. Disney has another heartwarming and inspirational film with their newest movie, that’ sure to be a hit. It is now playing in theaters everywhere, but I had the pleasure of walking down the red carpet for the Queen of Katwe premiere at the El Capitan the other week! So what was it like on the carpet for Queen of Katwe? Take a look! 🙂

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Waiting to check in and camera crews from different TV stations that were setting up and getting ready.
queen-of-katwe-red-carpetME! On the red carpet. So exciting… even with a sprained ankle (even though it’s kind of cut off you can still tell my right ankle is way bigger than my left! And still a bit bruised up…  but a huge improvement from what it was 3 weeks before this when I first sprained it. Watch out for curbs, they’re evil… :/
queen-of-katwe-disneyWaiting for the cast to arrive for red carpet photos.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Robert Katende; Phiona Mutesi; Mira Nair; Madina Nalwanga; Lupita Nyong'o; David Oyelowo; Martin Kabanza

Chess Coach and Director of Sports Outreach in Uganda, Robert Katende, Ugandan national chess champion Phiona Mutesi, Director Mira Nair, actors Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. *Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney *

David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o arrive at the U.S. premiere of DisneyÕs ÒQueen of KatweÓ at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita NyongÕo and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016...(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA.*Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages*

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors Madina Nalwanga (L) and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The film, starring David Oyelowo, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, is directed by Mira Nair and opens in U.S. theaters in limited release on September 23, expanding wide September 30, 2016. On September 20, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Madina Nalwanga; Martin Kabanza

Actors Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza arrive at the U.S. premiere of Disney’’s “Queen of Katwe” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. *Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney*

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Then everyone entered the theater to watch the show! A little bit of background info about the film so you have some idea what it’s about if you didn’t already know. Life in Uganda for 9-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) is a constant struggle. Her days are spent selling vegetables on the streets of Katwe, one of the most poverty-stricken slums in Kampala, so school is not an option. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), a proud and strong-willed woman, works tirelessly to support her family, whom she loves and protects with a fierce compassion. Consumed by the daily grind, Harriet worries that she can never offer her children the promise of a better life. The cast of Queen of Katwe is amazing. Phiona is the real-life inspiration for the movie about a rising chess star from an impoverished city in Uganda. Her mentor, Robert Katende, played by David Oyelowo, teaches her about life, hope and chess, so she’s able to travel the world and better her life and the lives of others.

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Once the movie was over, we all walked across the street to The Hard Rock Cafe to celebrate the new movie.

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So much fun awaited us once we got inside. Good food, good drinks, and good company!

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Some of the cast even put on a little dance show for us! They were so much fun to watch. All too soon the party was over and it was time to enter back into reality.  I can’t wait for the next red carpet 🙂 Until then, make sure to go see this one! You won’t want to miss this heartfelt and inspirational story!

Out in theaters everywhere now, so go see Queen of Katwe this weekend!

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