Arnis Aspers 98 min. Latvia
“A to B Rollerski” is a feature documentary film that tells the story of Raimonds Dombrovskis' epic rollerski journey from Arctic to Baja back in 1988, covering 4200 miles in 90 days.
Raimonds is a Latvia-born US Olympic biathlete whose sudden life-threatening health condition forces him out of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Instead of giving up on his dreams, Raimonds recovers and embarks on a 90-day rollerski trip from Inuvik, Canada, to Baja, Mexico.
Born in the Soviet Latvia and emigrated to the USA in 1979 after troubles with KGB, Raimonds' dream is to compete one day in the Winter Olympics under the flag of independent Latvia. In 1988, it's still a very bold idea. He uses his rollerski trip as a way to protest against the Soviet Union regime and to explain everyone he meets that somewhere on the map is a small nation that has its own language and that craves freedom. While rollerskiing through Northwest Territories, Raimonds meets Gwich'in families whose language has been lost to school integration policies, and he finds striking similarities between their struggles to retain their ethnic identities. During this trip, Raimonds crosses paths with people who on an unconscious level help shape his future.