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  • Actors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OI1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmmaker Stephanie Johnes documents how what was once a simple exercise fad has taken on exciting and unforeseen dimensions in this look at the hyper-competitive world of jumping rope. Thirty-years ago kids were skipping rope on the sidewalk, and health-conscious adults were bringing the practice into the gym. It wasn't long before the simple act of jumping rope evolved into something more ambitious though, and as acrobatics and fancy footwork came into play a certain playful competition began to take form. Eventually, an international rope jumping competition was established. With this documentary, Johnes tells the stories of two teams - one inner-city African-American and the other suburban Caucasian - who each long to take home the title that proves just how fast they can keep their feet moving

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In the tradition of such documentaries as "Hoop Dreams" (basketball), "Drumline" (marching band competition), and even "Mariachi High" (a wonderful PBS DVD on Mariachi Band competitions which I reviewed last month), comes this 89-minute documentary about - of all things - competitive rope skipping/jumping. In the 1970s two different organizations were formed for two slightly different "sports". There was "rope skipping" in which a single person skipped over a rope as many times as they could in an allotted time. This attracted mostly white high school students. Another organization set up international competitions for "double dutch", where two members of the team turn TWO ropes - in opposite directions - which other members (sometimes as many as three) perform "tricks" (somersaults, head spins) between the turning ropes. The competitors in the latter were primarily black high schools. The competitions because international when the Japanese kids incorporated kung-fu moves into the game.

In 2004 the two organizations decided to hold a joint competition at the Apollo Theater in New York. Director Stephanie Johnes (and her Producer sister Alexandra) decided to follow two teams (one a rope skipping team from a primarily white school in Chapel Hill, NC; the other a primarily black school in Columbia, SC) for the 3-6 months before the competition. As with any "real time" documentary project, the Johnes had no idea what would occur and what the result of the competition would be. And, of course, this is what makes the film so captivating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best jump rope documentary i've seen August 29, 2012
This jump rope documentary is a gem! My daughter is on a competitive jump rope team, and we cannot get enough jump rope in our house! Having scoured the internet for jump rope videos of any type - whether it's a documentary, fiction, or educational (i.e. tricks), this one is my favorite. It is a real life documentary of two very different competitive teams making their way to square off at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. The jumpers that are featured are varied and interesting, and the maker does a great job of highlighting the fundamental differences between the two teams (i.e. socio-economic differences) without it becoming overkill. The jump rope content is excellent, and although it features primarily double dutch, I think it has no trouble appealing to those who compete in individual events. For anybody who is "into" jumping rope, or for anybody interested in the historical or cultural aspects of this sport, I would recommend this whole-heartedly!
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Before watching this documentary, I knew there was competitive double dutch jumping competition but I never knew of the the split between double dutch and jump rope groups! It was very enlightening and very enjoyable to see these kids truly enjoy this little known competitive sport. My heart went out to every child and coach in the documentary watching their passion and efforts! This documentary is really a must see for everyone and especially for teachers to inspire determination in their students to be leaders and individuals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jumping and Great Storyline June 10, 2014
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The rope jumping in Doubletime is amazing, and that is only half the fun. The storylines of the 2 teams featured in the film are just as interesting as the action. Coach Frederick of the Bouncing Bulldogs is truly an inspiration.
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