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22 November 2010 @ 09:57 am
Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul  

This morning I watched the short documentary Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul (accessibility note: the non-English dialogue in the video is subtitled, but the English dialogue is not) and while the doc isn't perfect (it definitely leans heavily on the construct of Afghanistan as a violent, politically unstable country where youth are in constant danger), I really, really loved being able to hear from Fazilla (pictured above), a 12 year old female skater who speaks eloquently about the ways in which she feels people question what right she, as a girl, has to skate.

Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul was made by Skateistan, an NGO that serves over 300 young men and women living in Afghanistan. They offer skateboarding classes for able bodied skateboarders and skateboarder with physical disabilities, girls' journalism classes, art classes where students paint their own decks, and more. Their student blog section is full of amazing videos & stories (one of my favorite is the video of young girls learning to ollie!)

Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul is embedded under
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K.: MISC: Peggy Okiexchangediary on November 22nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the documentary!
melancholy in the rainliseuse on November 22nd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this looks awesome. I'm bookmarking it for when I have time to come back to it!
K.exchangediary on November 23rd, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Yes! I hope that you like it. It's brief, but it totally tugged at my heartstrings.
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K.: MISC ART: Girl Fridayexchangediary on November 23rd, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm so glad that you have a use for this and people you can share it with. I definitely think there's a lot of good discussion that can come out of this. If you don't mind sharing a little about your real life, I'd love to hear more about your class (I assume it's college level? Are you teaching? A grad student?)
be my little rock and roll queen.teh_haley on November 29th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this!