Afghan Based Film Learning To Skateboard in A Warzone (If You're A Girl) Wins An Oscar

10 February 2020
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The documentary, based in Kabul, follows disadvantaged girls as they learn to skate and come of age

Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're a Girl) has won the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 92nd Academy Awards.

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The documentary film, set in Afghanistan and directed by Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva (pictured), follows a class of girls who find solidarity through the unlikeliest of pass times.

Over the course of 15 years, a class of young girls from disadvantaged neighborhoods in war-torn Kabul, learn to read and write, and grow together in confidence through the joy of skateboarding.

At a non-profit organistaion called Skateistan, which began life in 2007 as a skate school in the Afghan capital, we see the organization, and the girls, grow into something much bigger. Skateistan itself becomes a multinational educational initiative.

The short film beat In the Absence, Life Overtakes Me, St Louis Superman and Walk Run Cha-Cha to the award.

Elsewhere, the hotly tipped For Sama, the documentary about the life of a young girl being raised during the siege of Aleppo lost out to Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory, following the opening of a production plant in Ohio by a Chinese billionaire.

The Cave, also documenting life in Syria as a female doctor battles sexism and conflict in Ghouta, was nominated in the same Best feature Length Documentary as For Sama.

Brotherhood, following the complex reunion of a young ISIS fighter with his family in rural Tunisia was nominated for best Live Action Short Film but lost out to Marshall Curry’s The Neighbours’ Widow.

Nefta Football Club, about two young men who unwittingly stumble across a donkey carrying a huge drug stash and take it home, also set in Tunisia, was nominated in the same category.