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    Brooklyn Castle

    Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318, an inner-city school where more than 65% of students live below the federal poverty level but has the highest ranked junior high chess team in the nation.
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    Katie Dellamaggiore. Director of Brooklyn Castle
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  • Critic Reviews of "Brooklyn Castle"

    New York Daily News
    October 07, 2013

    Brooklyn Castle does a superb job of celebrating the triumph while reinforcing the relentless vigilance it requires from everyone involved.

    Toronto Star
    March 28, 2013

    Brooklyn Castle is inspiring stuff that grabs you by the throat and will leave you cheering - quietly of course. No shouting in a chess match.

    Detroit News
    March 01, 2013

    There's a general spirit of triumph and perseverance to "Brooklyn Castle" that's inevitably uplifting.

    San Francisco Chronicle
    November 15, 2012

    "Brooklyn Castle" easily checkmates your inner cynic.

    Boston Globe
    November 15, 2012

    Katie Dellamaggiore's lively and affecting documentary introduces us to a cast of characters that's very winning (in both senses of the word).

    New York Magazine/Vulture
    November 14, 2012

    It's not To Sir, With Love: It's fierce ambition, the channeling of emotion, and hours of drilling.

    Film Threat
    June 06, 2013

    With Brooklyn Castle it's really nice to see so many young, positive minds at play in the world, and to cheer on so many smiling children dreaming of enlightened futures.
    December 10, 2012

    ... a powerful and positive story about dedicated teachers helping kids succeed no matter what their circumstances

    Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
    December 08, 2012

    Like chess, not exactly a high-energy experience but seeing what these kids accomplish, seemingly against all odds is breathtaking all the same.

    November 22, 2012

    ...provides a corrective to the popular image of American schools as obsessed with sports and popularity, and it makes the strongest possible case for funding after-school activities.

    Boston Herald
    November 16, 2012

    Chess, brilliant young students and great teachers potent mix.

    Boston Phoenix
    November 12, 2012

    The I.S. 318 team? A delightfully motley, vulnerable, multicultural bunch, whose addiction to chess has allowed them higher aspirations for top high schools and, eventually, college and careers. You will root for them like crazy.

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