Distance: 5 miles, small yoga
Today she was able to walk a couple of blocks to the Vogue Theater for two of the 100 in the festival. The first, Surrounding Game, is about the game gi (Go) - begun long, long ago in China and one of the four arts that were required of the aristocratic ancient Chinese scholar-gentleman caste. The other three are gin (Stringed Instrument), shu (Chinese calligraphy), and hua (Chinese calligraphy).
Go is multiple degrees more difficult than chess and to call it esoteric would be a vast understatement. It's also bamboozling for the observor if they are not Go players themselves, so, even though the filmmakers have done an outstanding job capturing viewers' attention, Ciwt wonders whether it would attract a big enough audience to warrant a distributor's investment. Ciwt (who actually used to play (at) Go around the family game table growing up) hopes so. It is a deeply fascinating game and highly interesting movie.
It's bittersweet, beautifully filmed, thought-provoking - and Ciwt is quite sure it will be in (an art house) theater near you relatively soon.