Director: Katie Dellamaggiore

Country: USA

Year: 2012

Brooklyn Castle is an intimate documentary that follows the junior high chess champions in a Brooklyn public school. The documentary highlights the effect that chess has on the lives of those bright children who live difficult lives. Their school is known for winning the most national chess tournaments through the years but they face some difficulties when they have to make budget cuts due to the economic collapse.

 

It is very inspiring to see how those children can shape their lives and try to make it better for them and for their poor families by being great chess players. Not only that, but seeing how some teachers go beyond their duty to try and help those kids in reaching their goals. It is a very inspiring and uplifting documentary. Definitely a must watch.