OK, so the cops in your town won’t let you skate the best spots. They say go to that dorky instant-pop-up skate park they built you. You whine and say that park sucks. They say tough sh-t.
Then you go back. The same cop rolls up, remembers you from the first time, gives you a trespassing ticket and takes your board. You go on Twitter and whine-tweet about how your town sucks and there’s nowhere to skate and no one understands you.
After that, you go on your XBOX and get in a four hour online Modern Warfare battle, as you inhale a box of Hot Pockets…man being a skateboarder in your town is just so hard right?
Well, for some skaters in the world the scenes of that video game you play are just another day in real life. And man, they sure wish their cops had so little to worry about that they busted them for skateboarding. Skastistan is an organization that has made Kabul, Afganistan it’s hub, and is attempting to bridge the cultural differences between the West and the Middle East through a common bond; skateboarding. The language and customs are universal, and it’s just a fun way to get to know each other.
The organization is also working to improve the education of the children growing up in and around Kabul, and has made a documentary to get their mission statement across:
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautifully shot film thatfollows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project 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, an age group largely untouched by other aid programs.
Photo: Uggi Kaldan, for more and to buy a print that benefits Skateistan click here.
Check out the film’s trailer: