"Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul" at Sundance 2011

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10 Responses to “"Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul" at Sundance 2011”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is an amazing project that puts a human face on the Afghanistan people – especially the young people – and this film should be viewed by people of allages across the world so they can realise that kids are kids wherever they may be living and however harsh and troubled their live are.

    If this doesn’t inspire you to have some hope for the future then you must have a heart of stone. Go to their website and read more about what they are doing out there; drop the cynicism about McColonisation (skateboarding is not an american cultural exclusive) and see normal, happy kids simply having fun and being kids.

    If you know of a local skatepark in your area, organise a fundraiser perhaps (check out how much they have to spend each month just to keep it going) and get them to see the video and learn about Skateistan.

    Nice one Boing Boing once again for bringing something amazing to our attention.

  2. Jean-Luc Turbo says:

    In such a simple and compelling way, I found this both saddening and touching.

  3. Anonymous says:

    skateboarding taught me to give a fsck about the hate surrounding me. even the amount from other skaters who could not grasp the superiority of the freestyle skateboarding i still love to practice, i have to say, tongue in cheek.

    but fun aside, skating can give you so much, even if you do it on your own. it’s great that the skatistan project is spreading the magic. that they use it to promote social skills is even better.

    .~.

  4. tamgoddess says:

    At first, I thought this might be one of those films where they pretend that girls don’t exist. Wonderfully, proven wrong.

  5. grimc says:

    Skateistan has become more than a skate park; it’s like a community center/school. They like donations (cough cough).

  6. doingdoing says:

    SKATE or Die… Nice post. I haven’t heard anything about this.

  7. Pantograph says:

    Now get them some MTV and a McDonalds, and before you know it they’ll be killing each other over sneakers, which is much more civilized than killing each other over religion.

  8. malek says:

    Skating is great, keeping young men busy is OK, and I understand the skepticism. Religion Is Like A ..? http://t.co/JxCZzSf

  9. naharnahekim says:

    I normally don’t really care about skate culture, and when I first read about the program here I was one of the people saying “well that’s interesting but…”. After watching this and nearly bursting into tears I have to say I’m sold and will be tossing the program a few bucks when I get the chance.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, where’s the time machine that sent a young Orlando Bloom to Kabul. Is The Doctor involved in this production?

    Regardless, I’m looking forward to the full length production being made available. This was incredible.

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