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In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Opening at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Los Angeles on October 17 and at the Quad Cinema in New York City on Oct 24, Algorithms is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of Blind Chess. Chess is an ancient and universal game with origins in India. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, Algorithms follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess. The filmmakers travel with the players to competitive tournaments, including the World Junior Blind Chess Championship. They also film them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Moving through the algorithms of the blind chess world, the film is a tactile and mindful journey that challenges the notion of what it means to "see."
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 100 min.)) : sd., col
Additional Contributors: McDonald, Ian 1965-
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Jan 06, 2017

Fantastic!!!! these students are a maze zinggggg!!! loved this film - really warmed my heart - these kids - wow - all of them fine examples - and their families are full of love - great film

Apr 19, 2015

Very slow documentary about an interesting subject. Unfortunately, it's shot mostly as a 3rd person observer with no narration so mostly we just see adults criticizing and admonishing blind youths to keep practicing their chess and continue with their studies. I think it's meant to be insightful and contemplative but since it's filmed in black and white there's really only a couple of good close ups of the players feeling the game pieces and everything else feels disconnected.


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