Skatistan: Promoting Confidence and Culture Through Skateboarding

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In 2007, Oliver Percovich arrived in Afghanistan with a few belongings, including his skateboards.

The 34-year-old from Australia rode through streets and was quickly approached by young locals who wanted to know what he was doing. Many, he writes, had never seen a skateboard and had no idea how it worked.

He quickly realized the sport was an opportunity to engage with the community and promote positive activity in an area torn apart by violent conflict.

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His resulting idea was simple: Offer a free skateboarding school for Afghan children, ages 5 to 17, to promote confidence, education and cooperation.

In 2009, construction began on Skatistan, a 19,000-square-foot indoor skate park with local and international donations on land donated by Afghanistan's Olympic Committee.

Watch "Skatistan: To Live and Skate Kabul", a short film to be featured at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival after the jump ...

(Note: The video below may contain graphic images.)

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