Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), directed by Carol Dysinger, won the BAFTA for Best British Short, February 2 2020.
The 40-minute film follows, over the course of a year, a class of girls attending Skateistan, an Afghan non-profit institution that began as a skate school in Kabul in 2017, before evolving into a multinational educational initiative.
“I really just set out to make a love letter to my favourite place,” she commented to Business Doc Europe of her film in January 2020. “I go there for the country not the war, although I have certainly seen a lot of the latter. And I love the girls of Afghanistan, and I have been trying to figure out a way to make a movie that would really show you their spirit.”
“When they called me about Skateistan I was there in a heartbeat,” she added, “because I knew that it could really let you see these mischievous, cunning, hilarious, cute, innocent little girls who must not go under the Taliban rule – they just cannot.”