The Rink
DCTV (87 Lafayette, Manhattan)

Branch Brook Park Roller Rink, located in Newark, NJ, is one of the few remaining urban rinks of its kind. This concrete structure is nestled in the pit of a hill bordered by public housing and a highway. Upon first glance, the exterior resembles a fallout shelter; however, the streamers and lights of the interior are reminiscent of 1970s roller discos. Serving extremely diverse subcultures within Newark, the rink is a microcosm of the city that surrounds it.

The Rink tells the story of Branch Brook Park Roller Rink and the people who call it home. This vibrant film depicts a space cherished by skaters and a city struggling to move beyond its past and forge a new narrative amidst contemporary social issues. The Rink illustrates a space transformed and its symbolic representation to those who use it.

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