Books on Film

Mira Nair on Queen of Katwe

124 minutesPG

Mon
Jun 5
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Following a screening of her new biographical drama about child chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, award-winning director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) discusses her personal connection with this twist on the classic "hero's journey" narrative set in her adopted home of Kampala, Uganda.

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Guest
Mira Nair

Mira Nair was born in Rourkela, India. She studied at Delhi University and Harvard University. Her films include Salaam Bombay! (88), which was nominated for an Oscar, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (96), Monsoon Wedding (01), The Namesake (06), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (12), all of which screened at the Festival. Queen of Katwe (16) is her latest film.

Guest
Eleanor Wachtel

Eleanor Wachtel is the host and co-founder of CBC Radio's Writers & Company, now in its 26th season. She also co-founded and hosts Wachtel on the Arts on IDEAS. Her most recent books are Random Illuminations, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award, and The Best of Writers & Company. Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life including eight honorary degrees and Officer of the Order of Canada.