Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul

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Skateistan pupils and staff jump from a discarded tank on Wazir Akbar Khan hill overlooking Kabul. Photo Jacob Simkin

Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul is a short 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 [1] 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. The short documentary film follows the lives of young skateboarders in Afghanistan, directed by UK filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel[2]. The film team includes cinematographer Franklin Dow [3] and editor Peta Ridley [4].

The multi-award [5] winning documentary film has received over a million hits online and has been the official selection at a number of top film festivals across the world including Sundance 2011 [6], SXSW 2011 [7], Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010, One World 2011, Santa Cruz 2011 and The London Short Film Festival 2011. Awards to date include: Best Documentary LA Skate Film Festival [8], Best Documentary Portable Film Festival, Best Editing Underwire Film Festival, Best Cultural Film Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Finalist Fuji Film Shorts 2011.


Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul

Knowledge@Wharton: Of Skateboards and Schools: Bringing New Hope to Afghanistan's Youth

L.A. Skate Film Festival: Interview with Orlando von Einsiedel

Altmuslimah: Skateistan: Gender and Skateboarding

Turnstyle: Talking about Skateistan

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