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Living Like Kings


World Premiere

The birth of hip hop in the 1970s coincided with a surge of interest in chess among Americans, inspired by Bobby Fischer’s landmark victory in the 1972 World Chess Championship. As our great American cities struggled with issues of race and class, a new generation of players enthusiastically competed over the board and a new art form flourished.

‘Living Like Kings’ explores this unlikely collision, making clear that the lessons one can learn from the mic and the chessmen transcend the categories race, class, faith, and culture. The film documents where and how these two worlds intersect and provides a unique lens through which to see our nation grapple with significant issues.


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