Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) 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.

 

learning to skateboard in a warzone (if you're a girl)

 

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-warzone
Director: Carol Dysinger
Executive Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel, Molly Thompson, Colleen Conway Grogan, Marissa Grasso, Liz Gately
Producer: Elena Andreicheva
Cinematographer: Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Mary Manhardt
Music: Sasha Gordon
Running Time: 40
Language: Dari
Country: USA, UK
Year: 2019
Publicist: Dish Communications
US Distributor: Lifetime Films in association with A&E IndieFilms

 

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