Algorithms

Ram Bahadur Trophy For Best Film

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A group of boys dream of becoming ‘chess masters’, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. ‘Algorithms’, a documentary on the thriving but little-known world of ‘blind chess’’ in India, is the first film on the subject. Filmed over three years from just before the World Junior Blind Chess Championship in Sweden in 2009 to just after the following championship in Greece in 2011, the camera follows three talented boys from different parts of India, and a totally blind player-turned-pioneer who wants all blind children to play chess. It moves through the algorithms of the blind chess world, challenging the sighted on what it means to see. Going beyond sight and story, this documentary delves into the hidden realms of subjectivity. The tactile and thoughtful journey continues long after the moving images end.

Ian McDonald is a documentary filmmaker and sociologist based in the UK. ‘Algorithms’ is his debut feature documentary. His seemingly effortless ‘way of seeing’ has resulted in beautifully shot and carefully observed documentaries on art and sport, and especially on the “sporting outsider”. His documentaries have been screened at film festivals, conferences and campaign meetings around the world.
Country
India
Year
2012
Length
96'
Original Language
English, Hindi, Odiya, Tamil
Directed By
Ian McDonald
Produced by
Geetha J.
Edited by
Ajithkumar B, Ian McDonald
Sound
Harikumar N.
Score
Prasanna
Script
Geetha J., Ian McDonald
Camera
Ian McDonald
Contact Info
AkamPuram
GRA 601, 2/1783,
Goureesapattom, Trivandrum 695004,
Kerala, India.
Email: geetha@akampuram.net

Website: www.algorithmsthedocumentary.com