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Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul

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Synopsis

Twelve year-old Fazilla deals daily with the hardships of selling chewing gum on the streets and the discrimination Afghan girls face. However, when she is skateboarding, she forgets all her problems.

Murza is a 16 year-old who has known nothing but a life of war. But through participation in the Skateistan project, he has been able to give up working at a car wash and now has high hopes for both himself and his country's future. 

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautiful, verite style, 16mm film about the lives of 2 young skateboarders from Afghanistan. The Skateistan project is Afghanistan's first co-educational skateboarding school. In a country with innumerable problems, Skateistan represents an oasis where children can be children and build the kinds of cross-cultural relationships that Afghanistan needs for future stability. Intimate and challenging in its portrayal of children's stories and stunningly shot, Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a touching ray of light from a country only ever in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Details

Year
2011
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
9 mins
Format
16mm
Director
Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer
Louis Figgis, Jon Drever, Thanh Ma, Rod Stanley, Robert Montgomery
Co-Producer
Louis Figgis, Jon Drever, Thanh Ma, Rod Stanley, Robert Montgomery
Editor
Peta Ridley
Director of Photography
Franklin Dow
Music
Patrick Jonsson
Sound Design
Patrick Jonsson

Production Company

Grain Media Ltd
Gladiator Works
Gladiator Street
London
SE23 1NA
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8690 1010
http://www.grainmedia.co.uk
info@grainmedia.co.uk

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Company

Grain Media Ltd
Gladiator Works
Gladiator Street
London
SE23 1NA
UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8690 1010
http://www.grainmedia.co.uk
info@grainmedia.co.uk