Directed by Arnis Aspers, documentary, 97 min, eng subtitles, 12+
Written by Arnis Aspers, Aigars Grauba
A never-been-told story about the journey of a Latvia-born biathlete, as he roller-skis 4200 miles in 90 days across North America in 1988.
In 1979, Raimonds Dombrovskis was forced to emigrate to the United States. From then on his dream was to compete one day in the Winter Olympics under the flag of independent Latvia. When this was still impossible at the 1988 Olympics, the biathlete embarked on a 90-day rollerski trip from Inuvik, located north of the Arctic Circle in Canada, to the Mexican border. It was his way of protesting against the Soviet regime. Along the way, he would tell everyone he met about Latvia, a small nation in Eastern Europe craving for freedom that wants to retain its identity. After 26 years, Dombrovskis comes back to the “crime scene” from independent Latvia, equipped with better roller-skis, to relive the trip.
An inspirational and entertaining documentary about the need for freedom and adventure, A to B Rollerski also questions one‘s identity and self-determination in preserving it.
Warsaw IFF 2017 (Documentary Competition)