The inspirational documentary, Skateistan’s “Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul,” which uses skateboarding as a means to improve young lives in Afghanistan, comes to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. After the film, Huntington native and skateboard industry icon Bryan Ridgeway will host a discussion about the Skateistan project.
It began when Oliver Percovich and Sharna Nolan, armed with little more than a couple of skateboards, arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2007. In a country where children make up more than half the population, Percovich and Nolan soon discovered that their boards drew in local children like an unstoppable magnetic force. Initial informal sessions eventually led to the foundation of Skateistan, the country’s first co-educational skateboard school. Percovich and Nolan quickly found that local custom only allows girls to skate in public up to the age of 12 and after that there must be no boys or men around. Eventually their fundraising efforts led to the creation of an indoor skate park where all-girl classes with experienced female teachers are held, as well as access to multimedia for any boys and girls that are interested, even Kabul’s street kids.
Ridgeway served as Skateistan’s global skateboard advisor. He helped define the business structure of the organization and he also coordinated marketing opportunities through fundraising efforts. In addition, one of the rarest collections of skateboards, spanning six decades, will be on display in the Keith-Albee lobby.
Tickets to the film are $10 and may be purchased through the Marshall University Artists Series at ext. 6-3326 or at the door. "Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul" kicks off the International Film Festival, which begins Friday, Oct. 12, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, featuring films from Belgium, Denmark, Iran, Israel, Norway and the U.S.
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