The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

DVD - 2016
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"After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his older brother Ariki, a street gang leader. When he volunteers to train a group of disadvantaged Maori children for the upcoming National Chess Championships, it puts him at odds with his brother over Ariki's son Mana, whose interest in the game threatens the teen's imminent initiation into his father's violent gang. Despite all odds, Gen's positivity always leads him to search for light, even when the world seems at its darkest"--Container.


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Jun 01, 2018

Another great movie from New Zealand. I love that its a true story. It's great to see heart felt movies about overcoming the challenges of poverty and mental illness. Watch this.

May 11, 2018

I really didn't think I would enjoy this movie as much as I did. Heartwarming. The power of family, the impact of mental illness on the individual and their family, the importance of mentoring youth and a big cry at the end. Loved it!!!

Mar 05, 2017

March 5 2017.....It looks like I returned this on Dec 5 2016, but did not make a comment.....I know I enjoyed it!, and will maybe have to watch it again sometime.

Jan 15, 2017

This is a great movie that very few people have heard about.

Oct 11, 2016

The Dark Horse is a New Zealand story along the lines of Stand and Deliver. The achievement of success and accolades for a group that came from a situation so lacking in hope is spiritually uplifting.

Aug 07, 2016

Universally billed as one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made. Based on the true story on the birth of the Gisborne chess club Eastern Knights by its co-founder, a Maori chess master Genesis Potini. Unlike other uplifting chess club movies as "Brooklyn Castle 2012" and "Life of a King 2013," the director and writer did not spare viewers the harsh reality of struggles and violence faced by underprivileged Maori people of New Zealand


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Aug 07, 2016

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, ...

Aug 07, 2016

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.
- C4.
Who told her? The Italian Square.
- B5.


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