World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar

Country: USA
Language: English

Running Time: 72min
Film Year: 2018
Category: Knight Documentary Achievement Award

Skateboarding is as much a passion as a leisure activity—but to skate in Cuba requires a level of ardor, we Americans know nothing about. Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar’s debut documentary tracks a transnational effort led by Miami’s own Rene Lecour, founder of Amigo Skate, to get Cuban skaters the gear and space they need.

The journey is uphill: the only current skate-park in Havana is built on a drainage ditch and the Cuban government is reluctant to recognize skateboarding—an American invention—as a valid sport. What’s more, negotiating with government officials demands a demonstrative respect for authority that can feel antithetical to those whose credo is founded in skate culture’s outlaw mentality.

Filled with thrilling sequences of skate virtuosity, Amigo Skate, Cuba presents a fascinating case of cooperation overcoming culture clash—and a universal portrait of freedom on four little wheels.


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Director: Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar
Producer: Chris Wedding and Vanesa Wilkey- Escobar
Screenwriter: Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar
Executive Producer: Brian Leaghty
Production Company: Brandish Entertainment & Bohemian Adventures

Music: Devilsbelt, Alfonso X, El Barbaro, Yimi Koncalse, Liquorbox
Cinematographer: Chris Wedding
Editor: Florencia Marano and Carlos Aldana

Subjects: Rene Lecour, Damian Ramirez, Rodney

Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar

Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. She received her BFA at Ohio State University. She has worked extensively in several cinematic disciplines, such as art direction and production design. Amigo Skate, Cuba (18) is her directorial debut.