A movie about structural racism and the African-American subculture of rollerskating.
Together with Powerjam Skate Fitness and your help we want to bring the Emmy-nominated film UNITED SKATES to Vienna! The story captures the struggle against structural racism and other forces that threaten to limit access to skating spaces in the US. In order to make the Vienna screening accessible (free) to all, regardless of financial circumstances, we are crowdfunding rather than selling tickets. With your support, UNITED SKATES will be an open air event at Karmelitermarkt on September 25, 2020. More info on the startnext page of the projekt:
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Edit September 10th 2020:
THANK YOU everyone who donated for the UNITED SKATES crowdfunding and shared the project! The campaign ended and unfortunately we couldn’t reach our goal this time. Those of you who know us a bit also know that we aren’t people who give up easily! We still believe that Vienna needs to see this important movie and that we should make it happen in a way that as many people as possible have access to it. That is why we are now trying to organize a free screening for next summer. With more time and good planning we are optimistic that this will happen! We will update you as soon as we have news on the topic. In the meantime check out what Youtube offers you in terms of insights into roller skating culture. This mini documentary about ‘Soul Skate’ in Detroit is a good place to start!
United Skates (English with English subtitles, 1h 29min, 2018)
Directors: Dyana Winkler & Tina Brown
With: Salt-N-Pepa, Reggie Brown, Coolio, Queen Latifah and many more
Articles on the topic:
=> “The whitewashing of roller skating’s online revival” – Mashable
=> “Roller skating & racism: Why we need more than good intentions” – Dogdays
=> “The Overlooked History of African American Skate Culture” – Vice