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The Surrounding Game, free screening @ UofT

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Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Avenue

Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

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Join The University of Toronto Go Club for a free screening of The Surrounding Game (2017, 1hr 37min).

Doors at the Innis Town Hall will open at 6:30 PM, and the film will start ~15 minutes after.
Following the screening, the floor will be open for Q&A with:

  • Will Lockhart, Director (via video chat)
  • Gansheng Shi, 1p Professional Go player
  • James Sedgwick, President, Canadian Go Association

For the truly curious, our club will be hosting Go tutorials in the lobby following the discussion. We will be there until 10 PM!

Film Synopsis

The ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. Though the rules are simple enough to teach a child, the complexity that emerges has inspired millennia of study. For three thousand years, master players in East Asia have handed down the game as an art form to foster patience, creativity, and self-reflection. Today in the elite world of the pros, international tournaments offer hundred-thousand dollar prize purses, and top matches are broadcast on 24-hour "Go TV" to millions of fans in China, Korea, and Japan. But in the West, most people have never even heard of the game… until now.

THE SURROUNDING GAME follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional players. Quirky, cerebral, and disillusioned with conventional views of success, they represent a new generation of players, on the doorstep of adulthood. As the competition intensifies and intricate patterns spill out across the board, the line between reality and imagination starts to blur. Their thoughts turn to anxieties about the future, and lead them on a journey through the game’s ancient past to ask what it means to live a meaningful life. Through an intimate portrait of these young players and interviews with the greatest Go masters of all time, the film explores the search for meaning that Go represents to its players, for whom the game is a distillation of consciousness itself.

Trailer: https://www.surroundinggamemovie.com/

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