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'White Wash' Documentary Screening, Panel Talk on Tuesday

Mon, 10/19/2020 - 09:17
Sophia Cosmina Ruckriegel and Kilian Ruckriegel on the beach in August.
Grace Braaksma

Kilian Ruckriegel, 12, and Sophia Cosmina Ruckriegel, 14, the Springs siblings who held a paddle-out in Amagansett this summer to support inclusion in surfing, are continuing their advocacy efforts by organizing a remote screening of the documentary "White Wash," which will be followed by a panel discussion.  
On Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free access to both the film and the discussion will be available on Zoom at this link: Through work with local and international organizations, Sophia and Kilian have secured three panelists: Ted Woods, the director of "White Wash," Rhonda Harper, the founder of Black Girls Surf, and Naji Ali, a marathon swimmer and total-immersion coach.

The film explores a number of complex issues, from the early origins of surfing in colonial Hawaii and West Africa to the legacy of racism and segregation on the surfing and swimming sports and industries today.

"White Wash" addresses the struggle and triumph of black surfers as well as "the legacy of the segregation of pools and beaches in the United States and how that legacy is still felt today," Sophia told The Star in August. "There are many kids who do not know how to swim, which is a safety issue." 
Those who would like more information can email [email protected].

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