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Minnesota Mean

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Available for screenings until

Jan 01, 2025

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Emergence Pictures

About the film

A year in the lives of six members of the Minnesota Roller Derby, as they compete to win the Hydra, the top international prize of the sport. When the star of the team gets injured, will her teammates find their own power? MINNESOTA MEAN is a human drama about the pounding heart of roller derby: powerful, self-sufficient women. It’s a vital and relevant story of triumph, loss, strength, determination, and a search for balance between individuality and community. How do women who pride themselves on their hard-won independence thrive in a sport that requires them to rely on a team? How do they meet the full-time demands of the sport without sacrificing their own dreams for life outside the rink? A meditation on strength: in our bodies, our hearts, our minds, and our friendships.




1h 21m




Dawn Mikkelson


Dawn Mikkelson


Jim Tittle


Shiver Me Kimbers, Brickyard, Smoka Hontas, Hurtrude Stein, Diamond Rough, Switch Please

Upcoming screenings

Awards & recognition

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival


Duluth Superior Film Festival

Northern Voices Award

Florida Film Festival

Official Selection


Official Selection

Sunscreen Film Festival

Official Selection

New Jersey Film Festival

Official Selection

Centre Film Festival

Official Selection

What people are saying

"does what excellent films do . . . you might even wear face paint"

Jason Delgado

Film Threat

"a feminist masterpiece"

Alexia Fraser

New Jersey Stage

"They are a new level of heroine. By the end of the doc, the audience will be rooting for the team as much as their fans onscreen."

Jonita Davis

The Black C.A.P.E.

"a riotous tribute to the women who create community through rough-and-tumble, high-speed exhileration"

Nick Kouhi


"These women do the sport damn proud."

J Paul Johnson

Film Obsessive

"vividly portrays victory, defeat, perseverance, determination, and the ongoing quest to balance personal identity and a sense of community."

Chris Jones

Overly Honest Movie Reviews

"a portrait of a group of aging, injured and exhausted athletes on the verge of giving up, and determined to go out explosively."

Jacob Aloi, Alex V. Cipolle, and Max Sparber

MPR News

"well worthy of your "must-see" list . . . it's a feel-good experience for sports and cinema lovers alike."

KPFK Film Club

KPFK Film Club

"This is my favorite sort of film, a good time with great people."

Steve Kopian

Unseen Films

"Minnesota Mean shows us how sometimes change is good as well as scary but when it happens it can bring amazing things to one's life."

John D. Ramos

Reel in Films

"a hard-hitting introduction to roller derby"

Rina Kakadelis

Beyond the Cinerama Dome

"straightforwardly but smartly directed"

Jay Lustig


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