A charming and dynamic tribute to the electrifying underground African-American roller-skating scene, whose future looks in doubt.
Dir-Prod Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
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Debut filmmakers Winkler and Brown document a vivid and thrilling subculture that works on many levels: it employs self-expression as an artistic tool and generates social gatherings, it’s a popular family hobby and it makes the best use of community space. It’s not widely known that hip-hop artists such as Dr. Dre, Queen Latifah and Busta Rhymes began their music careers lighting up these events, now referred to as ‘adult nights’ – themed evenings catering specifically for black audiences. United Skates explores the origins of the phenomenon, how it impacted race issues, the different skating styles and the economic issues throwing doubt on the future of these rinks. It’s a thrilling documentary with dope cinematography and skaters showing off dazzling moves. Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
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