The Dark HorseDVD - 2016 | Widescreen version
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A biopic about Genesis Potini, a speed chess player who suffers from bipolar disorder. He gets involved with teaching local kids how to play chess, relates the game to their Maori heritage, and shows that there are options to joining gangs.
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Other: Drug use is portrayed as normal. Racism and prejudice against mental illness.
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Legend of Maui and the game of chess:
We “ know who Maui is, eh'? He's one of our ancestors, eh'? And one day he went fishing. He had this magic fishhook. He threw it over the side, and then something bit. He was like, “That's a bit heavy. Can't pull that up all on my own." So, because he was a leader of his people, like this king, Maui, he went and got all of his family, just like us, just like all these pieces on this board, they come together, and they pulled and they pulled and they pulled up land. And that land is the land we all live on now, eh? New Zealand? That's us. And that board there, the kingdom for this king, that board is like our land. We have to protect our land, eh? And we do that by all working together with our king. Now, if we lose our king, Maui, game over, no more game, 'cause he got the magic, so we have to protect him. Now, the one last thing about Maui, our king, is he has to carry that responsibility, and it's very heavy. So, ...
A lot of profanity ... at least the chess move lessons are clean:
So, 10 rules. Control the centre! Right on the centre. ... Connect the rooks. Connect the rooks. Two rooks together are stronger than one. Leave no one behind. All together, that's where we create the
net. That's how Maui caught the sun. Okay? Coordinate. Rangimarie, give me the coordinates
for the Spanish Square.
Who told her? The Italian Square.
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