SKATEISTAN the movie...
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In 2007, OLIVER PERCOVICH and SHARNA NOLAN arrived in Kabul with little more than a couple of skateboards. In a country where children make up more than half the population, Ollie and Sharna soon discovered that their boards drew in local children like an unstoppable magnetic force. After beginning regular skateboarding sessions in an abandoned Russian fountain in the district of Mekroyan, a group of local boys began to join them. Then came the girls. These initial sessions, informal at first, eventually led to the foundation of Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first co-educational skateboard school. This is Skateistan’s story.
This documentary film follows Skateistan and its founders through the year 2009, documenting their daily struggle to break down social, gender, and ethnic barriers between the children of a war-torn country.
The dream is to create a state-of-the-art indoor skatepark that will provide space to hold all-girl skate classes with experienced female teachers, as well as classrooms and access to multimedia for any boys and girls that are interested – even Kabul’s street kids that have very little hope for their futures.
The film also gives an intimate look into the lives of some of these street kids. We follow them through their daily routines and become witness to the changes in their lives that are triggered by their discovery of skateboarding.
Director: Kai Sehr
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