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This morning I watched the short documentary Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul (accessibility note: the non-English dialogue in the video is subtitled, but the English dialogue is not) and while the doc isn't perfect (it definitely leans heavily on the construct of Afghanistan as a violent, politically unstable country where youth are in constant danger), I really, really loved being able to hear from Fazilla (pictured above), a 12 year old female skater who speaks eloquently about the ways in which she feels people question what right she, as a girl, has to skate.

Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul was made by Skateistan, an NGO that serves over 300 young men and women living in Afghanistan. They offer skateboarding classes for able bodied skateboarders and skateboarder with physical disabilities, girls' journalism classes, art classes where students paint their own decks, and more. Their student blog section is full of amazing videos & stories (one of my favorite is the video of young girls learning to ollie!)

Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Kabul is embedded under



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