Sometimes memories are triggered by simple things. When Doubletime, a DVD about jumping rope, I was carried back to fourth grade when Karla Finn jumped double-dutch through recess–it was so impressive the teachers, who were turning the ropes, extended recess until Karla missed. The rhythm of the ropes clicking and the school yard chants that faded to a numerical count of her jumping seem as vivid as the day they happened.
My girls each had a story about jumping rope and each shared they had “seen double-dutch”, but neither had tried it..yet.
One night, the girls headed downstairs with a warning to Li’l Man they were going to watch Doubletime. He was welcome to join them, but it was serious stuff and he was warned not to interrupt them. A short time into the movie, I went down to check on them and was told “this movie is amazing, Mom!” They paused the movie so they could share what had happened.
Doubletime is a Discovery Films Award Winning Documentary film. It follows two top notch but dramatically different jump rope teams: The Bouncing Bulldogs of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and The Double Dutch Forces of Columbia, South Carolina. The film is directed and produced by Stephanie Johnes and follows both teams through training into competition at the Holiday Classic at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
My girls really were caught up in the competition and enjoyed the interviews with coaches and the competitors. They recognized that these were children, like them, who had a dream and worked very hard to see it through. The fact that the age of the competitors was between eleven and 18 made my girls really able to relate.
As the two teams went into competition, my husband had to go down and settle our girls down. They were cheering LOUDLY for their favorite team and very engaged in the movie. The soundtrack, featuring movie from Petey Pablo, MIA and Keyshia Cole had the girls moving and grooving!
Doubletime has been watched and talked about at our house since it arrived. It has inspired jump ropes to be taken off shelves as my children try to incorporate the spirit of the movie into their own moves.
Doubletime is available as Video On Demand (VOD) through iTunes as well as in DVD format on Amazon. From my girls experience I would say this is a great choice in viewing!
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