Skateboarding Monks in Myanmar

(Youtube Direktskating, via Electru)

Vor rund einem Jahr hatte ich bereits einen Arte-Bericht über skatende Jugendliche in Burma, so gesehen haben die Macher des Film „Altered Focus: Burma“ hier nicht so ganz Recht, wenn sie behaupten, die Skate-Kultur dort hingebracht zu haben, auch wenn sich nur previligierte Kids dort das Skaten leisten können.

Wie auch immer: Die Filmemacher Alex Pasquini und James Holman sind 2009 mit Skater Ali Drummond durch Burma gereist und haben eine kurze Doku gedreht und die haben sie nun online gestellt. Oben ein kurzer Bericht von CNN, hier der komplette Film:

(Vimeo Direktburma)

(MADE PUBLIC - 9th May 2011) Filmed in the summer of 2009, Altered Focus: Burma follows three film makers and skateboarders including Harmony and Analog UK rider Ali Drummond, as they travel across Yangon and Mandalay. The film explores the reaction to this unseen activity whilst touching on the political situation there.

Hier noch ein Interview mit den Jungs auf GONE SKATING IN BURMA

What’s your favourite memory from the trip?

James – Man, there are so many, from adopting a street kid called ‘Crazy Joe’ during our time in Yangon and taking him to see Terminator 4 to teaching English in the school. That is probably mine actually. I really enjoyed that, it’s something I never thought I’d have the chance to do and playing football with the kids everyday on the roof of the school was awesome. I’m really proud to have gone to Burma and have done what we’ve done. Without sounding super pretentious, it’s not something many people get to do or would want to do!

Ali – Skateboarding with all the locals in Yangon. I have since got to hang out with those guys for the best part of 7 months and they have become close friends. I have so much respect for them. They can’t buy quality skateboards in their country and the only place they do have to skate will eat your board like its a bacon sandwich. Yet despite all this they have the same passion and admiration for skateboarding as anyone else I’ve met and they do it all with a smile on their face. True overcomer’s of adversity.