Brooklyn Castle (2012)

  • Editor/Producer: Nelson Dellamaggiore
  • Director/Producer: Katie Dellamaggiore
Film Length:
101 minutes
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Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 - an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level - that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he'd only rank fifth best). Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a "school in need of improvement" to one of New York City's best. But a series of recession-driven pubic school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.

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After seeing the stories of success at the heart of Brooklyn Castle, including the triumphant story of I.S. 318 itself, its clear that afterschool programs can have a transformational effect on schools and a profoundly positive impact in the lives of students.

The makers of Brooklyn Castle have undertaken a campaign to increase support for chess and other expanded learning opportunities, and to engage audience members in this critical work across the country.

Issue: Education


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Pobo Efekoro, one of the stars of Brooklyn Castle, has started a petition to get Congress to support afterschool programs.Sign the petition here!

Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Brooklyn Castle - Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival in the Chicago Public Library 2013 Jul 18, 2013 Chicago IL United States Woodson Regional Library Complete

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