The Ojai Film Society will participate in Ojai Celebrates Chess with a screening of the documentary Brooklyn Castle on Sat., March 9, 4:30 pm at the Ojai Playhouse.
Ojai Celebrates Chess is a month long event during March of 2013. Ojai will plunge into chess mania with chess-related events taking place in local coffee shops, social venues, after school programs and a Celebrity Chess match.
Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of an inner city junior high school chess team 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. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. Brooklyn Castle shows how the kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. If they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?
Admission: General $10, Students & Seniors $7