37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

United Skates

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Late at night, unbeknownst to many Americans, roller-skating rinks across the country come alive, featuring a vibrant underground culture that blends hip-hop, dance, and skate tricks. For decades, roller rinks have served as incubators for an under-recognized American subculture, and have become battlegrounds of racial politics. As America’s roller rinks are threatened with closures,the skate community mobilizes in a racialized fight to save an endangered cultural tradition. Traveling from L.A. to North Carolina to Chicago and beyond, United Skates documents present-day struggles to prevent the extinction of rink culture alongside the historical precedents that inform them. Discussion with associate producer Saletta Coleman-Pierce, moderated by Meredith Clark (UVA)

Supported by Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights


Sunday, November 4


11:15 AM


Newcomb Hall Theatre

Film Info

Director: Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler.

Runtime: 89 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English