July 17, 2014
Genesis "Gen" Potini is an intelligent but troubled chess champion from New Zealand who strives for a sense of purpose by teaching underprivileged Maori children in the community. Released into his brother's care, Gen finds peace by volunteering at a local chess club while trying to avoid his brother's gang activities. Conflict arises when his nephew shows interest in chess, a game considered an unwanted distraction from the boy's expected gang initiation. Based on an inspiring true story, The Dark Horse is an intimate look at a man finding the courage to lead others while wrestling with mental health issues.