Hi everyone. I'm Zoe, I am currently crowdfunding for a short documentary project about the young people of Palestine, whereabouts adolescents are using skate boards to peacefully resist the occupation. Ask Me Anything !
After a summer spent in Ramallah volunteering as an English teacher, skateboarder Charlie Davis realised that skating was relatively unknown to the region. He founded the charity SkatePal in 2013, consistantly returning to Palestine with a shifting team of volunteers to build ramps, skate parks and to provide skate lessons to young people across the West Bank.
In a region which is divided by a wall and whose population is under constant oppression, skateboarding has become an essential tool for rebellion and non-violent resistance. It is unexpectedly popular amongst both boys and girls of all ages. Skate parks and ramps have sprung up in the towns of Ramallah, Asira Al-Shamaliya and Jayyous - and more constructions are planned for the upcoming years. "The other side has guns and tanks. For a long time, all we had was rocks," says Mai Alem, a girl skater who lives in Ramallah. "Now we have skateboarding, but also music and art." Parkour, breakdancing and hip hop are also very popular with the younger generation.
I am going to try to tell their stories, individual and collective, through the prism of skateboarding.
For more information, check out the Kick Starter campaign - www.kickstarter.com/projects/1131065526/skateboarding-in-the-holy-land?ref=created_projects
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