At the age of nine, Phiona couldn't read or write, but she played chess better than any of the other kids in the slum. She competed successfully for Uganda in the Chess Olympiad. And Disney made a film about her.
Phiona Mutesi got out of the Katwe slums in Uganda by playing chess. Then a book was written about her and a film made. Just over a year after the film's release, she talks to DW about how chess has changed her life.
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