In the middle of the Russian steppe, you will find Chess City, built by by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation. Ilyumzhinov believes chess is the center of society and mandates that all children take compulsory classes in the game. There, a boy named Alekhan and his brother Amir dream of becoming world chess champions. The film documents their road to fulfill their dreams at a major chess competition in this authoritarian state.
Directed by Magdalena Pieta
Awards and Festivals
- New Zealand International Film Festival, 2011
- Watch Docs Human Rights in Film, 2011
- Krakow Film Festival, 2011
- Cronograf IDFF, Moldova, 2011
- Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK, 2011
- Full Frame IDFF, USA, 2011
- East Silver Market 2010, Czech Republic, 2010
Co-sponsored by New York Women in Film & Television
When & Where
Polish Filmmakers NYC
Polish Filmmakers NYC is devoted to bringing the best in Polish cinema past and present to New York City audiences. Since 2012, the organization has hosted regular and special screenings, including the New York premiere of Andrej Wadja's Walesa: Man of Hope and our annual Polish Women in Film series.
The 2014 Polish Women in Film Series: New Voices, Ancient Echoes will be held from November 7th to 9th at the Tribeca Film Center. It will kick off with an invitation-only opening night at the Museum of Modern Art on November 6th.