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AFGHANISTAN: Girl Skaters in Kabul

Curious about what's going on in skateboarding classes for girls in Kabul? Watch this. Skateistan is a Kabul-based NGO that has been encouraging youth through skateboarding and education since 2007. Since then it has grown from a handful of students to more than 400 per week. More than 40% are girls, which is more than any other coed sport in Afghanistan. Go girls!

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As a child, Massoud Hassani played on desert playgrounds where it was not infrequent for his toys to be destroyed by exploding land mines. Twenty years later, he has created the ultimate live-saving toy—a wind-powered structure made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the "Mine Kafon" intentionally detonates unexploded ordnance. Landmine clearance typically costs $1200 per mine, and his device can clear one for $50.  This film is a finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition.

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AFGHANISTAN: Breaking the Rules by Bike

Afghanistan is one of the few countries in the world where women are not allowed to ride bicycles. How did Shannon Galpin become the first to do it? Watch as she mountain bikes across the Panjshir Valley, a mountainous region in northeastern Afghanistan.


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AFGHANISTAN: Touched Down in Flight

This short film by Augustin Pictures takes us on a breathtaking tour of Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan. "As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror," the filmmakers have said, "we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portray the people of Afghanistan." 



Skateistan, a Kabul-based NGO, delivers a very special kind of aid to boys and girls of Afghanistan: skateboarding as a tool for empowerment. In a country devastated by war, where children make up 70% of the population, Skateistan “builds ramps, not bombs.”