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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Queen of Katwe"

Families can talk about everything from the power of empathy and perseverance to dealing with disappointment.

Queen of Katwe is the inspiring true story of a girl from the slums of Uganda who becomes a chess champion. This Common Sense Seal honoree has many hard scenes, but they're accompanied by strong messages and positive themes, giving families lots to talk about. Try these topics and questions to get started:

  • How do the characters demonstrate empathy, humility, integrity, and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
  • How does Phiona's day-to-day life compare with yours? What makes her a sympathetic, relatable character? How is she a role model?
  • How accurate do you think the movie depicted what actually happened? Why might filmmakers alter the facts when making movies based on true stories?
  • Some of the children (and some adults) get very upset when they lose. What do you do when you're faced with disappointment?
  • Phiona's mother is sometimes hard on Phiona and her siblings. Can you see why she'd be that way? Kids: Do you ever feel that your parents ask too much of you or expect you to do more than you'd rather do?
Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at and then served as an editor at,, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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