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"THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA "- Teaser. Skateboarding in the GDR

What do Berlin, Alexanderplatz and the streets, pavements and empty swimming pools of Santa Monica have to do with each other? Clue: Four wheels on a board. Boys in torn-up denim shorts, the wind in their sun-bleached hair, living out their dream of freedom. So there must be some connection. Our three male protagonists are out to conquer public space, they make their own boards, they smuggle parts. Then, almost thirty years later, they meet again – that is, two of them do – and look back on their heydays and their best tricks. Extensive use of Super 8mm archive footage creates a nostalgic mood.

Speaking of tricks: Some have suggested that this film should be called THIS AIN'T THE GDR. Which is more or less beside the point. THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA is a heartfelt celebration of youth, rebellion and the board.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
THIS AIN'T CALIFORNIA
Director: 
Marten Persiel
Screenplay: 
Marten Persiel, Ira Wedel
Photography: 
Felix Leiberg
Run time: 
1 hour 30 min
Year: 
2012
Country: 
Germany
Producer: 
Michael Schöbel, Ronald Vietz
Sales: 
Wide Management
Director info: 

Marten Persiel (b. 1974) studied mixed media art at Portsmouth University and directing at Westminster University in London. A director and writer, he has made commercials, music videos and documentaries. THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA is his first feature-length documentary.