Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, March 02, 2013 – Sunday, March 03, 2013

 Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(USA/2012—directed by Katie Dellamaggiore)
The wonderful new documentary Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. As it follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, we feel the sting of their losses as well as 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 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? Audience Award, Documentary Spotlight, SXSW; 
Hot Docs, 2012. (102 min.)
"The most optimistic, inspiring and downright thrilling movie released all year." –
"Touching and genuinely inspirational." –Indiewire
"Irresistibly uplifting" –Variety
Saturday, March 2 at 7:00 PM in DIA Lecture Hall
Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM in DIA Lecture Hall