21 June 2011
Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul

The LA Film Fest is set for June 16th to 26th, and a unique film showing how skateboarding has been used as an incredibly powerful social tool in war-torn Afghanistan:

"This astonishing documentary reveals a side of Afghanistan we've never seen before, as skateboarding transforms the lives of young people in Kabul. When young Australian activists introduce the sport--one of the few that girls are allowed to play--the results are amazing. Rich girls and poor street kids skate side-by-side, as the empty fountain where the kids practice their ollies and kickflips becomes a place where youngsters of all sects, religions and genders come together. But the activists' efforts to raise money for a permanent indoor skatepark encounter resistance from corrupt politicians and skeptical locals, and lurking in the background is the always-present threat of Taliban violence."

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