:time for sk8.in.G. .. stop d War!

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Skateboarding means liberty!

The Americans have cultured and support the Talibans in fight against the Soviet Union.

The Taliban are an American product.

So the Americans are fighting for “freedom” against their former supported group. The victims are the children and the Afghanistan people.

The American republicans are not liberators, they are warlords, who pretend to fight for democracy.

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Power the kids and to the People!

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:Kabul. .. do u know that place, u know to show it on d map? – me not!

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SKATEISTAN: To live and skate in Kabul

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Well, now I know but before I see this doc I didn’t have any idea. What is all about. We know what is attractive for d film festivals around? Stories from this kind, ok maybe not this script but d environment, d way of living, tradition, culture. What is d spot that connect Us with this society. What does it mean urban living there?
First I saw d picture and I stop for a moment, why, how, where, is it fake one? Thousands of questions in my mind, then one opportunity, press d link!

“In a country with innumerable problems, Skateistan represents an oasis where children can be children and build the kinds of cross-cultural relationships that Afghanistan needs for future stability. Programmer’s Note: Former professional snowboarder Orlando von Einsiedel found that the Skateistan project combined two worlds he felt very passionate about: extreme sports and social work. The Skateistan project—started by two Australian aid workers who began giving skating as well as educational lessons to more than 350 kids in Kabul, Afghanistan—equips young men and women with the skills to lead their communities toward social change and development and piqued von Einsiedel’s interest enough to make him want to capture it with a camera. Flying directly from Frankfurt to Kabul, von Einsiedel and crew sought to create a more optimistic image of Afghanistan. What resulted is a beautifully composed film that turns a spotlight on neither the battles nor the victims in this war-torn country, but rather on the hopeful spirit and culture of change that the youth of Kabul are yearning to put into action. We’re thrilled to welcome von Einsiedel’s film to this year’s Festival and urge you to check out skateistan.org on your next Internet stop.”

[from that-movies(dot)com]

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:I have experience in watching documentary movies since I am part of d team of d International Film Festival [AsterFest], and stories with background as this are not stressful at all for me. But from other side this story here is just reflection of d life out there at some place pretty different from d picture that we are used to see on d screen.
Ruined villages,cities, asphalt full of holes, dead animals on the streets. This is only a small part of d everyday life of this young people in this place. Stinks, unemployed pips, street vendors, big poverty, gaps in education, system error, WAR. They have too many problems and few desires.

The film talks about a group of youngsters who have the same desire. the West Urbanity associate u to? – Skaters. the skate as a tool for making peace, as soon as they shooting stops all young skaters are out there matching d square and showing that this time d war is over. .. for a couple of hours.
Youth with a great desire to learn drivin’ this boards, to do tricks, make downhill or use d new ramps . .. like those on d television. The film documents a project that supports the educational process, training, their first attempts.

I have seen a lot of movies with d same topic, our region is pretty knows in d World as war place too. We had wars in Yugoslavia, after that few more. .. and if u attend film festivals for #docs in d Balkans u’ll be able to watch hundreds of sad stories for d life her. murders, destroyed families, lost partners, kids etc. I like d positive side of this documentary. .. it’s really time to stop this Wars and give those kids chance to live. Life is important for every human being, let they dream awaken!

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—===+>>>>Stage for contemporary art @ Balkan Youth Festival – Sandanski 2009

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This year the Balkan Youth Festival had again a successful realization of the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts. The stage for break-dancing was in front of hotel Sandanski and the space around was filled with people, presenting a moment of inspiration. Around 10 young artists created great works of art. There were painters from Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia. The collection of the BYF was enriched by few more graffiti, characters, conceptual works and action paintings.

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The break-dancers made the atmosphere alive and joyful with the rhythm of the beats, which were the background of showing their different styles of dancing. One after another in the same rhythm made different shapes of their body while the audience was getting bigger. The difference in the age and the art of dancing could not be seen, everyone had the right of the 5 minutes, showing their style of dancing, and the more experienced showed the younger the complicated movements so that they can learn them in the future.

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The girls, participating in the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts – Maya, Silvia and Tony showed a unique sensibility in their expression. Their works are made out of lines, which touch the depths of tenderness and mystery.

The choice of colors stood for the diversity in the festival another year. Everyone has a way of showing their perception of the world and the imagination in it. After the active hours of dancing and drawing, the works were left on the path to the summer theatre as an open night exhibition that was seen by everyone, visiting the concerts in the BYF program.

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After the end of the concerts the works were gathered by the short-term EVS volunteers and the local volunteers and the next day they were taking them out again.

The Stage for Contemporary Street Arts was successfully covered by the media – most of the participants gave an interview and the process of their work was shot by the photographers of the BYF.

translated by Iveta Kuzeva

photos by Eléna Dalibot

Flash Mob “INt(h)egrati.ON”

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As a part of the Balkan Youth Festival program and the program of the short-term EVS volunteers, a flash mob performance took place in front of hotel “Sandanski”, in which the volunteers discussed few important topics with the local people. The topics were presented as frozen pictures on topics that are attractive among the active society. The language barriers were crashed when everyone in a circle was communicating in their own languages. A melodic line of non-understandable language that could be understood only when you see the visualization of their faces and gesticulations. It helped in crashing the quiet atmosphere and in creating collective energy for expressions. Based on preliminary planned conception, some photographic compositions of moments of discrimination, diversity, awakening of Eco-consciousness and presenting the process of recycling of plastic bottles took place. Art-exchange, meeting new friends, communication through pictures and gesticulations.

Opening the doors of democracy, accepting youth with different statements and visions, creating universal society, in which all different attitudes in the process of getting free from the prejudices and stereotypes are integrated.

The steps of recycling are shown in few pictures which present the whole process. Dialogue for collaboration for the future, getting new ideas as a mechanism for the life of the youngsters.

As a whole the performance went well, the local citizens were interested in the topics and the way of acceptance and analysis of very attractive topics. In about forty minutes with a lot of action, laughter and smiles. I am very satisfied of the whole realization.

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