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"Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 'Skateistan,' which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateist "Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 'Skateistan,' which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateistan's opening of the country's first skatepark - and focus on working with Afghan girls and street-working youth - has been covered by major media outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the New York Times. "Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" is the very first book about the subject and gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges in a city torn by war, but also full of life. This 320-page color book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan's founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, brutal honesty - and skateboards! - this is a story about Afghanistan that you won't find anywhere else. All profits from the book will go towards Skateistan.


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"Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 'Skateistan,' which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateist "Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" shares the strange and beautiful intersection of traditional Afghan society and a new generation of Afghan skateboarders and artists. It features the innovative Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) 'Skateistan,' which since 2007 has taught skateboarding and creative arts to girls and boys in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateistan's opening of the country's first skatepark - and focus on working with Afghan girls and street-working youth - has been covered by major media outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the New York Times. "Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan" is the very first book about the subject and gives a rare, in-depth look into the lives of exceptional young Afghans facing incredible challenges in a city torn by war, but also full of life. This 320-page color book features stunning, previously unpublished photographs accompanied by essays, interviews and personal stories from Skateistan's founder Oliver Percovich and the young Afghans that have gone from being students to teachers in the skatepark and classrooms. Full of hope, beauty, brutal honesty - and skateboards! - this is a story about Afghanistan that you won't find anywhere else. All profits from the book will go towards Skateistan.

32 review for Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emeraldia Ayakashi

    Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan beautifully documents Percovich’s unique approach to development. Divided into three sections—past, present and future—Skateistan features photo essays, interviews, an academic essay outlining the “liberating power of skateboarding”, and several “factsheets” about Afghan history, culture and demographics. Professional skateboarders are natural public diplomats. Because part of the job description is international travel in order to film tricks Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan beautifully documents Percovich’s unique approach to development. Divided into three sections—past, present and future—Skateistan features photo essays, interviews, an academic essay outlining the “liberating power of skateboarding”, and several “factsheets” about Afghan history, culture and demographics. Professional skateboarders are natural public diplomats. Because part of the job description is international travel in order to film tricks in new places, or to participate in contests or demos, skaters interact with foreign publics—fans, fellow skaters, onlookers, pedestrians—and, consciously or not, represent their home countries. “We’re doing something for Afghan kids, we’re bringing the poor kids all together, the rich kids all together.” Skating with peers, cheering each other on, and discovering a new way to relate to the public spaces they inhabit tends to build ties to one’s city and one’s fellow skaters. Support here : http://skateistan.org/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rhianon

    I'm biased because I co-wrote this book but the stories and photos shared in this book from dozens of contributors - including inspirational Afghan kids - offer a perspective you won't find anywhere else. 100% of proceeds support the NGO www.skateistan.org! I'm biased because I co-wrote this book but the stories and photos shared in this book from dozens of contributors - including inspirational Afghan kids - offer a perspective you won't find anywhere else. 100% of proceeds support the NGO www.skateistan.org!

  3. 4 out of 5

    stephoto604

    Such an inspiring story of how a small group of passionate people with a strong vision can effect so much change despite extremely challenging situations.

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