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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Directed by Josh Kim

Thailand / 2015 / 88 mins / Thai with English subtitles


In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service. On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood and remembers when his older brother, Ek, faced the possibility of being drafted himself. When neither Oat, Ek’s boyfriend or their best friend were able to convince Ek to do whatever he could to change his fate, young Oat takes matters in his own hands, discovering a secret in the process about his big brother’s late night activities. Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap,” this quietly moving drama of brotherly love is director Josh Kim’s debut feature film.This film is co-presented by the Royal Thai Consulate-General for Chicago.