Afghanistan is a country devastated by war and, as seen in the above video, its capital – Kabul – isn’t an easy place to live, especially for kids.
But don’t be turned off by the above image of a severed goat’s head, just press play.
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul isn’t a gruesome video – the goat’s head is as bad as it gets – it’s about a group of kids, both boys and girls, making life a little more livable through skateboarding. It’s positive and life affirming.
It’s well worth watching whether you’re a skate fan or not!
The filmmaker follows a group of young skaters around Kabul and takes us into an indoor skate park that’s run by the awesome NGO Skateistan who recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
The award winning film was made four years ago, so it’s good to hear that the Skateistan NGO and skating are still going strong in Afghanistan.
What’s more Skateistan has also grown. It currently has a program in the northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-i-Sharif and two new skate parks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Johannesburg, South Africa!
See some images below from Skateistan in Kabul.