All member reviews for Brooklyn Castle

Parent Written byNYDad November 14, 2012
age 7+
 

Uplifting...and accurate!

Excellent documentary! Having attended many chess tournaments, including some at IS 318, I can verify the legitimacy of this "story". It is truly uplifting for anyone who views themselves an underdog, and then achieves success at the highest level. I only wish the story continued to showcase their crowning moment...winning the High School National Championship as a Middle School team. Recommended for both the non-chess crowd as well as chess enthusiasts.
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Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 7 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 5, 2013
age 6+
 

brooklyn castle

One junior high school student says "bulls--t," once. Brooklyn Castle was filmed over the course of more than one school year, and the 2008 financial crisis looms large over the entire venture. Soon after the crash, the school learns that its budget has been slashed, and they may have to cancel some after-school programs -- including the chess team. Watching Ms. Vicary, the chess teacher, and Mr. Galvin, the coach/assistant principal, try to decide which tournaments the team must skip is heartbreaking. That's why it's so satisfying to watch the team arrange a letter-writing campaign to school officials demanding their funding back and organize fundraisers to cover their tournament travel expenses. It's clear that chess isn't just a game; for these students, it can also open doors. Like Rochelle Ballantyne, who's hoping to become the first African-American female chess master and is also in the running for a full college scholarship. Or Pobo Efekoro, the student body president who spends his afternoons as custodian at the daycare center run by his widowed mom, an immigrant from Africa. By bringing the financial crash to this micro level, it's never been clearer exactly how much it cost, and after watching the team rack up victories, we see that not everything was lost.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing