‘Skateistan - Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul’ follows the founders of Afghanistan’s first skate school and their attempts to transform the community of war-torn Kabul with little more than skateboards and a love for the street. Children from across the city frequent the local skate spot, teaching each other the ropes, while Skateistan, a not-for-profit organisation, experiences the challenges of building Kabul’s first skate park and encouraging boys and girls to get on a skateboard – and in the process break down social, ethnic and class barriers. The film provides a refreshing glimpse of war-weary Afghanistan, unearthing the wealth of joy and potential in the country’s children, and was awarded the Cinema for Peace Foundation’s Most Valuable Documentary of the Year award in 2011.
Tickets are available anytime via the Doha Film Institute mobile app or website
, or in person at the DFI Box Office in the MIA at the following times:
Wednesday, May 1: 10:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday, May 2: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, May 3: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Tickets are 35QR, or 25QR when purchased in person with a valid student ID.
DFI is proud to partner with the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) to present a film series in conjunction with Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art, a temporary exhibition at MIA.
Ferozkoh presents 37 works created specifically for the exhibition by the students and teachers of the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul. Each item is inspired by a historical object in the MIA permanent collection.
These works demonstrate how Afghan artisans have renewed their traditions through effort, wit, skill and imagination. It symbolises, in the most positive way, a deep sense of Afghan pride.
The films in the series have been carefully selected to show the complex and diverse faces of Afghanistan. Chosen for their complementary themes and evocative stories, the films will ignite curiosity and help to bring the exhibition alive.
Ferozkoh runs from 20 March to 22 June 2013.
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