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Ollies, kickflips and grinds: Afghan kids get passionate about skateboarding

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The city of Kabul is often associated with conflict and misery, but recently a group of kids has used its war-torn ruins as the backdrop for a new obsession: skateboarding. This film follows the Skateistan project, an NGO that runs a skate park in Kabul, and offers lessons to local kids that want to learn how to skate. Remarkably, in a country where women are generally excluded from participating in sports, nearly 40 per cent of the skaters are girls, and they more than hold their own on the city’s ramps and rails.

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel

18 December 2013
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