Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Skateistan — To Live and Skate in Kabul

Conflict Nations Program: Afghanistan

Zero Film Fest

December 10, 2009
7 p.m.
Issue Project Room 232 3rd Street Brooklyn, New York 11215

ArteEast is pleased to co-sponsor the Conflict Nations Program: Afghanistan at the Zero Film Fest.

In a time when the majority of festivals are Hollywood marketing campaigns, and even “indie” and “underground” festivals screen financed films, the Zero Film Fest offers something different—recognizing authentically independent films and filmmakers who take risks and fight the odds to see their visions through.

The Conflict Nations Program is a muti-disciplinary exploration of the Afghan experience including a visual art installation, guest speakers, readings and film screenings.

Readings by Afghan American writers:

Sahar Muradi
Zohra Saed
Masood Kamandy
Naheed Elyasi

Film Screenings:

Skateistan — To Live and Skate in Kabul, Kai Sehr (7 mins) Documentary Preview

Inspired by Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first skateboarding school, this emotional feature-length documentary is a journey deep into the lives of Afghanistan’s urban youth. It chronicles the efforts of a grass-roots organization to build the first skate hall in Kabul, follows the first international crew of pro skaters on their visit to Afghanistan and tells a tale of the irrepressible hope found within a nation’s children.

Rethink Afghanistan, Robert Greenwald (62 mins) Feature Documentary

Greenwald portrays Afghanistan as a nation — or, more accurately, a collection of tribal affiliations — that has never been pacified by force in its long history and the present American endeavor as doomed to failure.

Rethink Afghanistan, from Robert Greenwald, the man behind Outfoxed, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Iraq For Sale, "presents the complex, harsh and enduring legacy of the Afghan War."
- Joel Epstein, Huffington Post

For more information, please visit Zero Film Festival.

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