Living in a war-torn country is miserable.
Especially for the kids.
Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul is a short documentary that follows the lives of 2 young skateboarders from Afghanistan who take part in the Skateistan project.
Juxtaposing the harsh reality of life in Kabul with the hopes and ambitions of the country’s children, the beautiful and moving film is a touching ray of light from a country only in the news for all the wrong reasons.
In the film 17-year-old Murza explains, “Life is hard in Kabul. It is solely through the support of Skateistan that I’m standing now.”
Skateistan is an unusual hub of female activity as well, with students like 12-year-old Fazila, who works on the street selling chewing gum to help support her family. ”At Skateistan I don’t feel like my surroundings are ruined, I feel as though I’m in a nicer place,” she says.
Despite her efforts, sometimes her family still can’t afford to eat. While there is little joy to be found by kids in a war ravaged country, Skateistan has opened up another world for her by offering an outlet away from the harsh streets.
In a country awash with innumerable problems, Skateistan represents the rare oasis where children can be children– and build the kinds of cross-cultural relationships that Afghanistan needs for future stability.
The film by Grain Media received over a million hits online and was the official selection at a number of top film festivals across the world.
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