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Don't Be Dainty... It's Derby is a documentary that tells the stories of rough and tumble female roller derby athletes as they navigate life on and off the track. The film shines a light on the transformative power of athletic competition and the tough but tender culture surrounding the full contact sport.
An uplifting and entertaining story of female power and resilience–showing that the women of roller derby know how to take up space, take a hit, breathe deeply and keep going.
The sport is summed up in this maxim: “by the skaters, for the skaters.”
It’s the heart of amateur roller derby’s steady growth over the past 16 years. The sport actively fosters a community of inclusion, belonging and empathy.
Mental health crises, addiction and suicide are at an all-time high, with girls and women at risk. Negative body image, social media toxicity and social isolation are on the rise. In affirming the bodies and bonds forged within derby communities, derby culture models body positivity, inclusivity and positive mental health. Skaters of all kinds of backgrounds and skill levels experience an expanded sense of agency in a sport that was created to represent them.