Founded back in 2007, Non-profit organization, Skatistan runs programmes in skate schools in Afghanistan and Cambodia already and have been active in South Africa since 2014, opening their 4th permanent skate school in Johannesburg where Tony Hawk gave a speech and officially opened the park. Skatistan aims to empower youth though skating. The programs also offers school-work assistance and counseling and a sense of community that many improvised youth don’t get.
This beautifully shot and edited short piece of film follows a young man living in the city of Johannesburg. He is a program educator and skater. Here’s a peak into his life here in Africa and what skating and Skatistan means to him.