When Australians Oliver (Ollie, of course!) Percovic and Sharma Nolan came to Kabul as aid workers in 2007, they brought three skateboards between them, planning to skate in their spare time. They immediately found themselves surrounded by kids who wanted to try skateboarding. Ollie and Sharma soon realized that 1) they would need more skateboards, and 2) skating could be the key to something bigger.
More than half of the Afghan population is under the age of fifteen. Many are living on the streets. They come from different ethnic backgrounds (Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, and Uzbek) and they don’t play together. They are poor, and don’t stay in school. Girls are not allowed to participate in sports in public. And lastly: All Western influence is seriously frowned upon. A bona fide feel-good film from war-torn Afghanistan, SKATEISTAN: FOUR WHEELS AND A BOARD IN KABUL shows how the love of the board can tear down such barriers and be a tool for empowerment and change.