SPEECH BY: Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
FILM: "LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU'RE A GIRL)"
Oh my god. Frank Capra – you guys remember – Frank Capra handed me a Student Academy Award in 1977. And I thought I had skipped the hard part; I thought I would then go on to make movies. And if I hadn't had that encouragement at my back back then, I wouldn't have been able to withstand the last four decades in this business. I want to thank A&E IndieFilms and Molly Thompson, Grain Media. To Adam Mitchenall, the man behind the women. The brilliants, my Lisa Rinzler, cinematographer, and Mary Manhardt, editor extraordinaire. To Zama and Tam Ayzai, our number one girl crew. I've been working in Afghanistan since 2005, and this movie is my love letter to the brave girls of that country. To get to Capra from here took a whole lot of not quitting, and teachers – the kind I strive to be at NYU Film School and the kind of teachers at Skateistan, the school at the heart of the film. They teach girls courage, to raise your hand, to say: I am here. I have something to say. And I'm gonna take that ramp, don't try to stop me. Thank you very much.
Thank you. Keep Skateistan rolling.
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