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Documentary: King Skate

Date: 17 October 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

The Czech Embassy will screen the documentary King Skate on October 17, 2019, at 6 pm, which garnered the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary of 2018. Under communist Czechoslovakia, skateboarding was seen as a ‘capitalist sport.’  For the few who dared to ride, it was a revolutionary form of the search for freedom, protest, and a way to connect with the Western world. 

The film brings new light to this phenomenon through remarkable amateur archival footage, official television broadcasting from the 1970s and ‘80s, and current interviews with the skateboarders who over thirty years ago thrived on adrenaline and nonconformity under the authoritarian regime. (Directed by Šimon Šifránek, 2018, 80 min., Czech with English subtitles)

King Skate features Petr Forman, whose Hollywood acclaimed movie director and father Miloš Forman introduced him to his first skateboard, Ivan "The Beast" Pelikán, and World Champion Luděk Váša. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCda_aVbTRo

Event Details:

Date:  October 17, 2019, 6 pm

Attire: Business

Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW, Washington, DC 20008

RSVP by October 16

Admission is free; however, RSVPs are required. 

Embassy Security Policy: For entrance, all guests will be subject to security screening. Photo ID is required and must match RSVP confirmation for each individual. No admittance will be permitted without proper registration. Bags and suitcase are not allowed. Only small purses are permitted but must be opened for inspection. Coat check is not available.      

Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.