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Educational Catalog: Brooklyn Castle

A film by Katie Dellamaggiore

Show Brooklyn Castle in your community!  Available for screenings in theaters, libraries, on campus, or other venues.  Please send an email to

Regular Price: $60.00


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. The team's victories go beyond a room full of trophies—through chess they learn patience and long-term planning, and the importance of analyzing the wrong or right decisions they make after the game. Chess provides skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of what profession they choose. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard and demonstrates remarkable and improbable achievements of this dedicated team.

This film is a wonderful tool not only for teaching chess to any audience, but also as an essential resource for Career Planning, Math, Education, Teacher's Colleges, Urban Politics and Studies, and many other subjects. Our DVD has exclusive features not found on other discs:

- Hot Docs Discussion Guide for Teachers
- Elizabeth Vicary's Guides to Teaching Chess and Starting a Chess Club
- Educational Resources

DVDs are licensed for classroom or chess-club use only. To screen the film in your community—on campus, in a theater, or anywhere else—please email

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What the Critics are Saying

"A wonderful documentary look at an astonishingly successful public-school chess program that manages to be more moving and heartening than you expect.  A can't miss film" - Los Angeles Times

"Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted." - Washington Post

"Beyond telling the touching stories of these unlikely champions, Brooklyn Castle serves to raise a battle cry for funding for after-school programs." - Time Magazine

"What may well be the most optimistic, inspiring and downright thrilling movie released all year." - Salon

"We gain a keen sense of how chess in particular helps otherwise academically challenged kids find a way into their own brains." - Village Voice

"As inspirational academic stories go, it doesn't get much better than this."
- Christian Science Monitor

"Deeply satisfying...Irresistible." - The New York Times

"Marvelous." - NPR

"Irresistibly uplifting" - Variety

"'Brooklyn Castle' easily checkmates your inner cynic." - San Francisco Chronicle

Features and Specifications

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes
Color: Color
Closed Captioned


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