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Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis) is the bipolar former chess champion who channels his skills into mentoring an unruly gang of slum kids in the game of chess.

★★★★

Imagine what Hollywood would do with the story of a bipolar disorder sufferer who mentors a group of underprivileged New Zealand kids, turning them into would-be chess champions. Then shudder, and watch this heartfelt telling of a truly extraordinary true story.

Maori actor Cliff Curtis hasn’t really had a major role since Whale Rider, but it’s safe to say he gives the performance of his career as Genesis Potini, the troubled former chess champion who channelled his skills into mentoring an unruly gang of slum kids in the game of kings – and took them all the way to the finals of the New Zealand national chess championships.

The heartfelt telling of a truly extraordinary true story with a mesmerising central performance

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