Brooklyn Castle

Jan 1 – 3
Tues 3:15 8:15
Wed 8:15
Thur 8:15
(US / 2012 / Directed by  Katie Dellamaggiore)
PG / 101 mins
Kids really are fantastic; Brooklyn Castle is the remarkable and improbable true story of the chess playing youngsters from I.S. 318 in Brooklyn.
After the success of SPELLBOUND we saw a plethora of docs about young competitors, but here’s one – about young chess players – that stands out. Their school, Williamsburgh’s I.S. 138, where roughly 70% of students live below the federal poverty level, has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation. The heart of the film is the engaging young students who populate the team: Rochelle, who has the goal of becoming the first female African-American chess master; Pobo, the team’s charismatic leader; Justus, an entering student who must manage the high expectations that come with achieving master status at an early age; Alexis, who feels the pressure of his immigrant parents’ desire for him to realize the American dream; Patrick, who uses chess to help overcome his ADHD; and James, the young rapping maestro and budding chess talent; among several others. .
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