Phiona: A Virtual Reality Portrait of 'Queen of Katwe'

Travel to Uganda and meet the young chess prodigy who inspired the Disney film.

ByABC News
September 22, 2016, 12:30 AM
Phiona Mutesi walking at the Gabba Market in Uganda.
Phiona Mutesi walking at the Gabba Market in Uganda.
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— -- Life in one of Uganda's worst slums is one of daily struggle. Without basic utilities, food and safe housing, many people fend for themselves on the street.

After losing her father, Phiona Mutesi and her family found themselves homeless in the Katwe slum fighting to survive.

Many residents in Katwe remain in the slum for their whole lives. But for Phiona, a fateful encounter with the game of chess changed her entire path. Join her as she walks through Katwe, recounting her life on the streets and how she's using her advanced chess skill to give hope to the next generation of Uganda's slum kids.

Phiona's story is the basis for the Walt Disney film "Queen of Katwe."

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