A Documentary About Skateboarding Girls In Afghanistan Wins an Oscar!


Our heart swells with joy that stories like this are being told and recognised in the highest regard. We are especially proud as an old, old friend made this film as part of Grain Media. Well done Orlando & team for winning Best Documentary Short Subject at the 92nd annual Academy Awards.
 
“This movie is my love letter to the brave girls of that country. They teach girls courage, to raise your hand, to say I am here, I have something to say and I’m going to take that ramp, don’t try to stop me.”
– Director Carol Dysinger Oscar acceptance speech after winning Best Documentary Short Subject at the 92nd annual Academy Awards.
 
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‘Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)’ follows a class of girls at Skateistan, a nonprofit that began as a skate school in Kabul in 2007 and grew into a multinational educational initiative. Skateistan focuses on recruiting girls from impoverished neighborhoods to not only teach them to skateboard, but to help them gain courage and life skills that will transcend skateboarding and the classroom to help them thrive and adapt to the challenges that lie ahead. Over the course of the school year, the girls grow and become empowered through the joy of skateboarding and the warmth and inspiration of the women who teach them.
In 2013, Skateistan won the UNICEF Education through Sport award.
 

 
In Afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything.
 
‘Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)’ follows a class of girls at Skateistan, a nonprofit that began as a skate school in Kabul in 2007 and grew into a multinational educational initiative. Skateistan focuses on recruiting girls from impoverished neighborhoods to not only teach them to skateboard, but to help educate them so they can join – or return to – the public school system. Over the course of the school year, the girls grow and become empowered through the joy of skateboarding and the warmth and inspiration of the women who teach them.
 
For the girls in our film, the chance to skateboard presents a unique experience – to compete, to play, to learn their strengths, and to gain courage, life skills that will transcend skateboarding and the classroom to help the girls adapt and thrive with the changing opportunities newly available to them.
 
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) had its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the jury award for Best Documentary Short. It also just won an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 92nd annual Academy Awards.
 
Other Festivals include:
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
DOC NYC
TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL
PARIS SURF & SKATEBOARD FILM FESTIVAL
CHARGIN DOC FILM FESTIVAL
ORIGINAL THINKERS
MEET THE PRESS AFI
IDA SHORT LIST
SCAD SAVANNAH
FLYWAY FILM FESTIVAL (WI)
WASHINGTON WEST FILM FEST
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCAITION FILM FESTIVAL
LOUISVILLE’S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
 
Official Site: https://grainmedia.co.uk/work/learning-to-skateboard-in-a-warzoneDirector: Carol DysingerExecutive Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel, Molly Thompson, Colleen Conway Grogan, Marissa Grasso, Liz GatelyProducer: Elena AndreichevaCinematographer: Lisa RinzlerEditor: Mary ManhardtMusic: Sasha GordonRunning Time: 40Language: DariCountry: USA, UKYear: 2019Publicist: Dish CommunicationsUS Distributor: Lifetime Films in association with A&E IndieFilms
 

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