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Algorithms is never too sentimental, nor simplistic, and it moves confidently with its charges towards a stirring endgame.


Ian McDonald's multi-award winning and critically acclaimed debut feature documentary about young blind chess players from India completes its nationwide release in UK cinemas with a special screening at the Tyneside. Filmed over three years from just before the World Junior Blind Chess Championship in Sweden in 2009 to just after the next championship in Greece in 2011, Algorithms follows three talented boys from India and a totally blind player turned pioneer who not only aims to situate India on a global stage but wants all blind children to play chess. Shot in stunning black and white, this film examines the struggles that the disadvantaged face in trying to succeed in competitive sports. With cinematography as skilled as the chess players the film follows, Algorithms is not to be missed!

Meet the filmmaker!

Director Ian McDonald, who received a nomination at the 2014 Grierson British Documentary Awards, will be present for a Q&A at the 5.45pm screening on Thursday 11 December.

The event will be hosted by Newcastle University, where Ian is developing a centre for Film Practice. 

Director(s): Ian McDonald and Geetha J   Country of Origin: India, Greece, Sweden, Montenegro, Republic of  Year: 2013  
BBFC Advice: U Suitable for all  

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