United Skates

1 Hr. 42 Min.

2018
Screening format: DCP
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Once a booming industry, rollerskating rinks have dwindled throughout our country to the point of near-obsolesence. But while these last few vestiges of a bygone pastime struggle to stay open, a thriving underground community of thousands of African Americans gather in these spaces to engage in competitive skating while providing their families with a safe place to engage in this wildly kinetic tradition (the rinks even serving as the spot where performers like Queen Latifah and Dr. Dre got their start). United Skates is an electric history of an underground sensation.

Community Partners: Boone & Crockett, Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby


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