Director- Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald is a sports sociologist and documentary filmmaker. Ian always used the camera to support his research on sports and physical culture in the UK and India, and his move to documentary filmmaking benefits from a seemingly effortless perspective that has resulted in documentaries with a difference on art and sports. His documentaries have earned him a distinctive reputation for genre-defying works and have been screened at film festivals, conferences and campaign meetings all around the world.
In India, a group of boys dream of becoming chess masters, driven by a man with a vision. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players.
Algorithms is a documentary on the thriving but little known world of blind chess in India. Filmed over three years extending from just before the World Junior Blind Chess Championship in Sweden in 2009 to just after the next championship in Greece in 2011, it follows three talented boys- Darpan from Gujarat, Sai from Tamil Nadu and Anant from Odisha and a totally blind player turned pioneer- Charudatta, who not only aims to place India on a global stage but also wants all blind children to play chess. It was only the vision of Charu that laid the foundation for this initiative.