LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE
(40 min) Afghanistan/US


Director: Carol Dysinger

Description:

Skateistan recruits kids from impoverished neighborhoods and teaches them education and life skills, so they can return to, or join, the public school system and get a fair start in life. For girls, the chance to skateboard presents a unique experience—to compete, to play, to learn their strengths and to gain courage. The film follows a class of girls at Skateistan during a school year as they grow through the joy of skateboarding and the warmth of the women who teach them.

Biography:

Carol Dysinger directed the documentary Camp Victory, Afghanistan, the first in her trilogy about Afghanistan post 9/11. The second part is One Bullet Afghanistan. Prior to directing, Carol edited many documentaries and features, including Deadline for Big Mouth Productions, Rain for Lola Films, M.Scorsese executive producer, Santitos for Springall Pix, John Sayles executive producer and Punk which was a finalist for a national Emmy. She edited “Rock the Casbah” for The Clash. As a screenwriter in Los Angeles she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A Christmas Star with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features as well as Burntown for HBO Independent. Her short films screened widely and won many awards, including the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic, the Hugo Award, and various others national and international. Currently she is an advisor at the Doc Lab at Sundance Film Institute. She is the recipient of the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching.

Contact information:

w: grainmedia.co.uk/work/learning-to-skateboard-in-a-warzone 
e: info@grainmedia.co.uk 



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