Skateistan – Four Wheels and a Board in Kabu | Director: Kai Sehr | Afghanistan
Skateistan is a beautifully shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programs. The film tells the story of how a group of amateur skaters bridge gender, ethnic, religious and social-economic barriers to bring hope to the children of a war-torn country – with the help of four wheels and a board.
OLIVER PERCOVICH and SHARNA NOLAN arrived in Kabul with little more than a couple of skateboards. In a country torn by war, and strife, where children make up more than half the population, they soon discovered that their boards drew in local children like an unstoppable magnetic force. The film follows their challenges and personal involvement in children’s lives along with their seeking government support and the securing of land for what is now the biggest indoor sports facility in Afghanistan. In the end we see the kids of Kabul skating in the new park with international pros, while witnessing the incredible joy and hope that can be generated with the help of a four wheels and a board. Skateistan journeys deep into the lives of Afghanistan’s urban youth with surprising and uplifting results.