And Rightly So! - Chess King Ali

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And Rightly So! - Chess King Ali

  • The Netherlands
  • 25
  • STC
    Director:
  • Meral Uslu
Ali is a 12-year-old chess whiz who dreams of becoming world champion. Originally from Iran, Ali, his parents and little sister (also a chess prodigy) fled to the Netherlands two years earlier and are still awaiting a residence permit. Discovered by the local chess association, Ali is invited by the Royal Dutch Chess Society to participate in an exclusive training program in anticipation of the upcoming National Youth Championship, where he is heavily favoured to win the Dutch title. Slated to represent Holland at international tournaments, Ali is blissfully unaware that his biggest hurdle has nothing to do with his game: as a refugee, Ali is not allowed to travel until his residency status is resolved. Part of the And Rightly So! series on children’s rights, Chess King Ali is a vivid portrait of a talented young chess player whose love of the game crashes headlong into the realities of exile. Karen Tisch. In Dutch and Farsi with English subtitles.

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