After winning an Oscar for her first role in a feature film (2013's 12 Years a Slave), Lupita Nyong'o has picked her projects carefully.
Lupita jumped at a chance to work with her longtime friend, filmmaker Mira Nair, shooting Queen of Katwe in Uganda, next door to Kenya, where she grew up. Most films set in Africa, she says, are about "wars or political dictators or what-have-you. But this is a view of Africa told with Africans front and centre. It's their narrative, and that means that you have layered characters. Yes, you have struggle, but it is also a story about perseverance, vision and the magic of realising your dream."
In the film, Nyong'o is Harriet, the mother of child chess prodigy Phiona, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Nyong'o loved working with the young actors. "Children remind you what the heart of the matter is," she says. "They work from a truthfulness. I mean, I watched Madina develop her craft as we went along. She was always so curious about what we were doing and why we were doing it. I would be warming up and she would ask me what I was doing, and the next thing I knew she was doing it. With every take, I'd see she would have a deeper understanding of what the dynamics were, what was at stake, what the subtext was. And she may not even be able to articulate that. But I could see her growing as an actor."
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Disney's Queen of Katwe is set in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda where we follow Phiona Mutesi on her journey to dream big and create a better life for her and her family. Her mother Harriet works on the market selling vegetables in order to just provide enough money to keep a roof over the family's head and says to Phiona that she will be disappointed if she 'dares to dream'.
Caroline Rupert, Kewku Mandela, Nabil Elderkin, Frisly Soberanis, Tyler Stachan, Mira Nair and Jasmine Velez - Montblanc and Tribeca Film Institute host 'Power of Words' NYC film premiere in tribute to Nelson Mandela in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 5th December 2014
A host of TV and movie stars were spotted arriving at Carnegie Hall in New York for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Among them were 'Red 2' star Bruce Willis with his wife Emma Heming and Mindy Kaling from 'The Mindy Project', who dazzled in a short blue number.
Stars of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' including Kate Hudson with her Muse frontman boyfriend Matthew Bellamy, Riz Ahmed and Kiefer Sutherland arrive at the film's premiere at New York's 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Director Mira Nair and producer Lydia Dean Pilcher are also snapped on the red carpet as well as Mohammed Al Turki who is the executive producer of 'Adult World' which was also screened at the festival.
Monsoon Wedding turned the slow grinding of cross-culture gears into a comfy piece of visual pop. It confronted the situation but seemed complacent enough to leave the confrontation in simple, digestible terms; a stylized My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In contrast, Vanity Fair, originally a satire of England's manners and traditions, was taken deep into the mystic, hitting its most absurd note when Reese Witherspoon seductively belly danced with a tribe of women from India. Though it was easy to see where these moments were pointing, The Namesake gives Nair a broad canvas and a more concise frame to study the American identity and its effects on other cultures without any affectation or pretense.
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The story's awfully familiar. The boys scrape by, in this case selling tea, while the girls are pimped out as virgins for hire. Eventually our hero (Shafiq Syed) finds his money stolen, so he has to turn to a life of crime. Really, one wonders why he didn't become a criminal in the first place.
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