The long awaited documentary on the game of Go is here!
THE SURROUNDING GAME follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional players. Quirky, cerebral, and disillusioned with conventional views of success, they represent a new generation of players, on the doorstep of adulthood. As the competition intensifies and intricate patterns spill out across the board, the line between reality and imagination starts to blur. Their thoughts turn to anxieties about the future, and lead them on a journey through the game’s ancient past to ask what it means to live a meaningful life. Through an intimate portrait of these young players and interviews with the greatest Go masters of all time, the film explores the search for meaning that Go represents to its players, for whom the game is a distillation of consciousness itself.
The National Go Center is hosting two screenings on July 15 and 16. If you are coming to the Summer Sizzler tournament on Saturday July 15, then grab a bite after at one of the many local restaurants and then come back to enjoy the film at 7 PM. Or come the next day on Sunday afternoon and see the film at 1PM.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (22 and under).