In 2015, Film For The People Productions began filming Hermanas en Ruedas (Sisters on Wheels) led by Director Amberly Alene Ellis and Co-Producer Luna Olavarria Gallegos. Hermanas en Ruedas has received international coverage from outlets including VICE Sports, VICE-ID, Huck Magazine, VIBE, and Remezcla. In 2017, the film won the Inspirational Award at the First Up TV Film Festival in Oakland, California and is an official selection of the Milwaukee Film Festival. The film has screened across the U.S, Puerto Rico, the U.K, Chile, and premiered in Cuba in January of 2017. Hermanas en Ruedas ventures into a country in the midst of major socio-political change to continue conversations around gender, sexuality and autonomy. Through the underground skate scene, the film questions the future of Cuban subcultures and technology amidst a backdrop of international exchanges and a drastic shift in U.S and Cuba relations.
What makes the young women of Hermanas en Ruedas so special is that Cuba, unlike other countries where skateboarding has emerged, has no official or professional skateboard industry. Additionally, Cuba has yet to see the opening of an official skate park since the emergence of the sport on the island. Such circumstances create unique challenges to skaters in Cuba, but their talent, preservation and innovation defy the odds. As skate collectives emerge around the world, the young women of Havana's skate scene seek to be recognized as a contending force.
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