Learning to skateboard in a warzone
Carol Dysinger
Elena Andreicheva
Documentary Short

Produced for A+E networks, ‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)’ is a story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write, and skateboard, in Kabul.

The film won the Oscar for 'Best documentary short' at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) follows a class of girls at Skateistan, a nonprofit that began as a skate school in Kabul in 2007 and grew into a multinational educational initiative. Skateistan focuses on recruiting girls from impoverished neighborhoods to not only teach them to skateboard, but to help them gain courage and life skills that will transcend skateboarding and the classroom to help them thrive and adapt to the challenges that lie ahead. Over the course of the school year, the girls grow and become empowered through the joy of skateboarding and the warmth and inspiration of the women who teach them.

the film is heartwarming and uplifting. The smiles are genuine, and every achievement, regardless of how small is a joy to see

The Outdoor Journal

Brilliantly uplifting

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Best Short Documentary tribeca 2019 Winner
IDA Awards Best Documentary Short Winner
Academy Award Best Documentary Short Subject 2020 Winner
BAFTA Best Short Film 2020 Winner
EMMY Outstanding Short Film Nominated
EMMY Best documentary editing Nominated
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