My boys LOVED this film! I was kind of concerned that it would look like all the documentaries that you see on the History Channel and that the boys would be bored. I was so wrong! It follows these separate sets of kids – one team from a very poor part of town and one from a very rich part of town. It is really neat to see the differences in the children, the coaches, and the routines!
The Award Winning Documentary Film DOUBLETIME
Jumping rope is indeed one of the most timeless and universal forms of play. Double Dutch is perhaps the most well known type. Brought to America by early Dutch settlers, it became a popular form of urban street play and gained visibility in the early ‘80s when it was associated with hip hop music and culture.
But modern competitive jump roping is entirely different. It has changed from a child’s game into a world--wide sport. Boys, as well as girls, are regularly pushing the envelope of what you can do with a jump rope. The sport is new and evolving every day. It now features astounding acrobatics, lightning speed and international competition. It requires focus, dedication and intense commitment.
Director--Producer Stephanie Johnes follows two top notch, but very different jump rope teams–-The Bouncing Bulldogs of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and The Double Dutch Forces of Columbia, South Carolina. The Bulldogs represent the best of gymnastic freestyle jumping found of white suburbia, while the Forces belong to the inner--city African American tradition of Double Dutch. In different leagues, their first ever encounter comes in Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater at the “Holiday Classic,” a rowdy crowd--pleasing contest which features “fusion” routines where Double Dutch is blended with hip-- hop dance and music.DoubleTime follows the rigorous practice period, takes time to talk to the coaches and the young athletes (age 11 to 18) who display an inspiring courage, skills and charisma. The images are electrifying, the energy infectious and the kids are inspiring.
Mom Says: Seriously, My 6 and 10 year olds were in awe of these kids and are ready to learn to “REALLY” jump rope!
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