Reel to Real Cinema At Home: United Skates

Reel to Real Cinema At Home: United Skates
Friday, 12th February 2021
Watch live from 7pm
Post-film discussion on Crowdcast 8.45-9.30pm

Each month during lockdown we are sharing with you a brilliant find that we have unearthed and that is available to view for free and online. This month we are delving into new Reel to Real territories courtesy of the BBC iPlayer.

Our film choice in February, is United Skates,a real gem of a documentary directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown, that follows the story of three roller skaters fighting for their communities. These are stories of the places where we build community, of race and prejudice, and the drive and passion of underground subcultures to survive.

“For years, roller-skating rinks have been a constant for African-American communities across the U.S., serving as a meeting ground, a place to have fun and an incubator of iconic hip-hop talents like Queen Latifah and N.W.A.”

As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community joins forces in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating, which has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations – yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talents.”

After the film, we invite you to join us over on Crowdcast for a conversation about the film with a special stovie guest.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film.

Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

United Skates: Trailer

How to Watch

We’re doing things a bit differently this month, so to watch the film you will need a free account with the BBC, details of how to set this up here:

And to hit play on our selected film, United Skates at 7pm. We’ll make sure there is a clear link available from this page. Note that this film is available with subtitles, to view these use the subtitles settings button located on the bottom right of the BBC iplayer browser once you have opened the film.

We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 8.45pm on Friday, 22ndJanuary.  Please register in advance here:
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!

If you are unable to access the BBC iplayer, please get in touch and we will try to offer advice. For more information contact

The Discussion

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