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Screening 'The Surrounding Game': a documentary movie about the game of Go....

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Curtin University, Bankwest Lecture Theatre

Kent St/Hayman Road

Bulding 200A

Bentley, WA 6102

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Curtin University and Institute 361 are hosting a screening of THE SURROUNDING GAME, the first-ever feature documentary about the game of Go. The film will be screened on 24th November at Bankwest Lecture Theatre and is open to the public.

In East Asia, the game of Go is hailed as one of mankind’s great cultural treasures - Chinese and Korean students as young as five begin training in special Go academies; those with promise sacrifice their high-school education, training for years to have a shot at becoming professional players. For thousands of years, masters and disciples have passed the game down as a window to the human mind, but in the West, most people have never even heard of the game.

Shot over 4 years in China, Korea, Japan, and the United States, THE SURROUNDING GAME reveals the mysterious world of Go through the coming-of-age story of America's top Go prodigies as they compete to become the first American Go Professionals and confront deeper questions: Can an intellectual art survive in the modern world? What drives their fanatical love for Go, and why do they find greater meaning in the game than in real life? …Is a lifetime dedicated to the game of Go truly worth living?

The documentary enters the American Go community: a ragtag group of gamers, Asiaphiles, and aging hippies, captivated by the game. For decades, they have struggled to transplant Go into American society with little success, despite their burning enthusiasm. So in early 2012 they take a gamble, striking a deal to launch the first Western professional Go system. For the first time, America has a chance to compete on the world stage against the Asian titans of Go... and everything rests on America’s top young Go prodigies.

Curtin University hosts regular weekly sessions on Go through the MakerSpace at Robertson Library. The Go Learn sessions are open for the wider Curtin Community and acts as a single point of contact for sharing knowledge and connecting to a global community of Go players and belonging to the increasingly popular Go culture.

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Curtin University, Bankwest Lecture Theatre

Kent St/Hayman Road

Bulding 200A

Bentley, WA 6102

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