Mira Nair on Bringing Uganda to the Big Screen in Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’

We speak with 'Queen of Katwe' director Mira Nair about the politics of African narratives, afrobeat in her new movie and more.

When Disney executive Tendo Nagenda needed a director to bring Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi’s inspiring story to life, no one was more fit for the task than Mira Nair, the acclaimed Indian-born filmmaker behind such award-winning features as Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay! and The Namesake (for which she turned down the opportunity to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).

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