I’m always interested in pictures as a very quick and efficient way of disseminating art and truth. Here we see two skater girls from Tehran, taken from Humans of Tehran, a website that, inspired by Humans of New York, “offers a pictorial glimpse into the daily lives of Iranians in their beloved dusty rusty Tehran.”
How’s that for undermining our western notions of what the rest of the world is like? And, more importantly, for showing the world that gender roles and expectations, if anything, are more like a set of guidelines than they are a set of rules.
On that same note of Middle Eastern skaters, check out this very cool, short documentary on skaters in Kabul, titled Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul. This documentary “that follows the lives of two young skateboarders from Afghanistan who attend the Skateistan charity project.” While it unfortunately did not win last year’s “Your Film Festival” competition, it was one of 50 semi-finalists.
What is your world like? Share with a picture, an anecdote or a documentary you’ve seen!
For extra interesting reading (or watching, depending on your preferred medium), if you are interested in learning more about Iranian culture, you can check out Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the author’s coming of age story as she grew up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and her experiences outside of her country.