Brooklyn Castle (102 minutes)
Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore
November 28, 2017
The Carolina Theatre
Film starts at 11:00 am, Doors open at 10:30 am
Free for Durham Public School teachers and students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Brooklyn Castle tells the compelling stories of five members of the chess team at junior high school I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. In following these students, the film illustrates that the “extra” in extracurricular activities are not “extra”—they are essential. Brooklyn Castle shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?
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