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A film by Ian McDonald

100 minutes, documentary, b/w, 2013
In English, Hindi, Tamil & Odiya w/ English subtitles
Optional Audio Description Service (ADS) for the sight impaired

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In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. Algorithms is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of Blind Chess.

Chess is an ancient and universal game with origins in India. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, Algorithms follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess.

The filmmakers travel with the players to competitive tournaments, including the World Junior Blind Chess Championship. They also film them in their home milieu where they reveal their struggles, anxieties and hopes. Moving through the algorithms of the blind chess world, the film is a tactile and mindful journey that challenges the notion of what it means to "see."

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"Soulful…the artistry with which the boys confront everyday life, as well as the chess board, is deeply moving." - Village Voice

"Algorithms is a completely unique film, unlike any other documentary you might see this year, both for its content and its form. It is also a deeply absorbing, timeless, universal tale with themes anyone can find inspiration in: triumph over adversity, family love, and a deep respect for the spirit of competition and the tradition of an ancient game." - Indiewire

"A winning documentary that develops into a story as intense and focused as its subjects." - The Guardian

"A stunning independent black-and-white film, Algorithms transforms the cerebral idea of calculation into a captivating lyric of touch, celebrating the indomitable will, spirit and humanity of young blind players from India." - Laurence Kardish, Former Curator, MoMA, New York

"A powerful, engaging film. The cinematography is superb." - CineSource Magazine

"Algorithms is a wonderful film - beautiful to watch, engrossing, with great characters and a brilliant insight into their world." - Nick Broomfield, Documetary Filmmaker


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Disc Features

●  Deleted & Extended Scenes
●  Post-screening Filmmaker Q&A
●  Short Film Seescapes
●  Optional Audio Description Service (ADS) for the sight impaired

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