Dir. Halil Efrat (70min, Israel, 2013)
In Russian, Hebrew and English with English Subtitles 
DC Premiere

The World Chess Championship is an epic battle, rife with passion, power,
and money. Boris Gelfand–the first Israeli to compete for the title–has
spent his entire life getting ready for this moment. His father devoted
himself almost exclusively to developing Boris’ talent, while documenting
the whole process with a thick catalog of photos, videos and diary entries.
Peeking into the life of a certified genius, we are offered unparalleled
insight into the preparation, sacrifice and dedication necessary to achieve
one’s life goals.

Co-Presented by the American University Russian Department and Washington DC Hebraists

Laura Katz Cutler
will introduce the Thursday, March 6 screening at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

Want to test your chess skills against some of the best? Join us at the March 1 screening for a tournament of champions!

We’re teaming up with the US Chess Center to plan all kinds of fun, so join us for a simul-game with international master Eugene Meyer and game play following the film. Not a chess player yet, but feeling inspired after hearing Boris’ story? There will also be an instructor on hand to help you learn the basics with other beginners!


Halil Efrat was born in 1968. He graduated from the Sam Spigel Film & Television School in Jerusalem. He has worked as editor on several social and biographical documentaries, as well as co-editor for the feature film, Sweet Mud (2005). His collaboration with Shahar Cohen as director and editor of Souvenirs has brought his film the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2006.


Saturday, March 1, 2:00 pm

1529 16th Street NW

Washington, DC

Thursday, March 6, 8:45 pm

Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC




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