Virtual UNITED SKATES

Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler / no certificate / 89 mins / USA (2018)

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NY Times Critic's pick:  "This is a passion project in the best sense of the word, a movie in which the ingenuity and dedication of the filmmakers illuminate the same qualities in their subjects."  "This kaleidoscopically vibrant, essential-viewing survey plunges audiences into a dazzling underground scene, celebrating the endangered art form it finds there." Variety

Good times, great music, and amazing skating - what more could you ask for?  Roller skating is a vibrant underground subculture, one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations even while it has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talent.  The archive footage here is a gift, interviews with the likes of Queen Latifah a delight, and the kinetic efforts of the skaters to record themselves is thrilling.  Many have been skating all their lives, and bear witness to the discrimination towards skating halls, traditionally centres for Black culture.  Nowadays these cavernous urban spaces are valuable real estate, and rising rents, rezoning and other nefarious moves are leading to a raft of closures of these thriving businesses.  But the skating community is fighting back, and this euphoric, elegiac doc is part of that campaign.  Rock 'n roll!

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