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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Skateistan: Skating in Afghanistan (Video)

By Melissa Bell


In 2007, two Australians arrived in war-torn Kabul with an unlikely weapon: a skateboard. Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan started a school to teach displaced Afghan youth, both boys and girls, how to skate. Three years later, more than 300 regular students attend classes at the skate park. The group also holds classes in journalism, art and environmental health, as well as in skating.

A short film, sponsored by Diesel New Voices and directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel, has been released in preview of a longer documentary to come out next year. The nine-minute film follows two Skateistan students, Murza and Fazila, through the streets of Kabul.

(Thanks to CreativeRoots)

By Melissa Bell  | November 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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