Flat Track Around the World is a feature-length documentary following Juvie Hall as she searches for the soul of women’s flat track roller derby. In her first few years of playing roller derby, Juvie Hall, from Portland, Oregon, found herself growing and changing—both physically and emotionally—in ways she never could have imagined. The strength, confidence, and community she gained from women’s roller derby empowered her to completely transform her life and find her passion and voice. Now she wants to know whether and how roller derby can do the same for women worldwide.
With filmmaker Cynthia Lopez documenting the journey, Juvie will travel to and skate with women’s roller derby leagues in nine countries around the world: Mexico, Peru, Brazil, France, Norway, Israel, Russia, Singapore, and Australia. This diverse itinerary includes wealthy countries, poor countries, countries with highly populated urban areas, countries with mostly rural communities, countries with numerous and well-established roller derby leagues, and countries where roller derby is new or isolated.
The goal of the documentary is three-fold:
- to explore whether roller derby is a universally transformational experience for the women who play it, regardless of cultural or socio-economic differences;
- to discover how women around the world are harnessing the power of roller derby to change their own lives and communities; and
- to spread the love of roller derby and encourage more women to tap into its transformational power.