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(Katie Del­la­m­ag­giore, USA). 100 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: After-school pro­grams in Amer­ica’s pub­lic schools are hav­ing their bud­gets mer­ci­lessly slashed dur­ing the eco­nomic down­turn. That puts the chess pro­gram at Brook­lyn mid­dle school I. S. 318, where chess nerds have the pro­file foot­ball stars have else­where, at risk.

The kids’ pas­sion for the game is pal­pa­ble, but they also see chess suc­cess as a step­ping stone to greater achieve­ments. In heart­break­ing ways, they shoul­der the pres­sure of get­ting into the right schools so they can help their fam­i­lies out of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

You’ll be root­ing for them in the gru­elling com­pe­ti­tions. And you’ll wish you’d had a teacher like coach Ms. Vi­cary. Apr 29, 6: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 3; May 1, 9 pm, ROM The­atre; May 5, 1:15 pm, Re­gent.

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