Director: Orlando von Einsiedel | Countries of production: Afghanistan, United Kingdom | Year: 2011 | Length: 9 min
Language: Pashto with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautiful short film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan who are supported by the charity Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first co-educational skateboarding school.

Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the charities team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17 to teach them skills and tricks, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.


In a country with innumerable problems, Skateistan represents an oasis for these children, as well as a space to learn valuable life skills that go beyond the skatepark and the classroom.

“Moving and beautifully shot” The Times
“Astonishing” The Evening Standard
Sundance, Official Selection, 2011
SXSW, Official Selection, 2011

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