November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Winning Is Contagious: Saul Ramirez on “The Champions’ Game”

Saul Ramirez, a middle school art teacher in Texas, challenged his mostly Latinx student population to becomes chess champions, setting them on a path to victory.

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Savvy Survivor | “Queen of Katwe” Movie Review

This is a quietly triumphant adaptation of Tim Crothers’s nonfiction account of a Ugandan teenage girl from the slums who becomes an international chess champion.

Movie Reviews: The Bard in Newtown; A Kid Chess Champion | 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Of more than a dozen films previewed at the Tribeca Film Festival, two works in particular stand out for teen and young adult viewers and as potential additions to media collections.

Building a Castle in Brooklyn: Director Dellamaggiore Talks About Her Award-Winning Documentary

Katie and Nelson Dellamaggiore’s award-winning documentary Brooklyn Castle tells the story of five young chess players at I.S. 318, the impoverished Brooklyn school that has won more national chess titles than any other junior high in the United States.