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Eleanor McCloskey, CND and Kathy Kelly, CND Associate, Ottawa

Queen of Katwe. Katwe is a slum area in Kampala, Uganda; queen is a chess reference. 10-year-old Phiona, her two brothers, her older sister and her widowed mom have a difficult life, depending largely on selling vegetables in the streets. Enter Robert Katende, athletic coach. 

(Kids don’t play football because it’s too expensive to treat injuries, one boy says). The coach begins teaching chess. Phiona is so good at the game she soon experiences success in local tournaments and larger competitions. Her whole village supports her and rejoices in her accomplishments as she helps her family to move beyond their extreme poverty. A tear-jerker at times but a story of hope and resilience… and family. 

Eleanor McCloskey, CND 

Last Cab to Darwin is an Australian movie based on the true story of a taxi driver in a remote town who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He decides to drive the long distance to Darwin where assisted euthanasia is becoming legal. His experiences lead him in the end to choose life. There is humour, intensity, a look at the indigenous and non-indigenous divide, the beauty of the Australian outback and love.

Kathy Kelly, CND Associate, Ottawa 

 

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