Skateistan: Four Wheels And A Board In Kabul
Directed by Kai Sehr | GERMANY / USA | 2011 | 100min | (Q&A)
It is October of 2009 in Kabul. Amid widespread violence and general chaos following a disputed election, a skateboard park opens! Officials and excited young Afghan boys and girls gather for the momentous event. This moving film is the unusual story of how dedicated volunteers helped to accomplish the amazing. It all began in 2007 when professional skateboarders from around the world began to teach skating to Afghan youth, none of whom had even seen a skateboard. Using an abandoned Soviet fountain as a usable bowl, these initial sessions led to the foundation of Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first coeducational skateboarding school. The organization, now a registered NGO, worked with a global network to create the skateboard park and an educational facility. Nothing is easy: the young people have lived their entire lives in wartime. Working together is difficult. The skating is a triumph—and so is this film in showing that there is much more to Afghanistan than car bombs and terror. - Betsy Cramer
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