Slipping: Skate's Impact On EgyptHD Closed Captioning
Brett Wiese Saunders
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Slipping: Skate's Impact on Egypt, is a feature-length, biographical documentary that tells the story of two brothers who simply love skateboarding. Their country, Egypt, had no domestic source of skateboards, so they decided to open their very own shop - not to make money, but to share their passion with their country. The documentary follows the brother's journey from concept to realization, including all their roadblocks in between. The documentary was filmed during a three month stay in Egypt, during the fall of 2012 (when Egypt was experiencing protests similar to those in 2011 when President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office). This political atmosphere weighs in on this story, of course, as it effects everyone, including skateboarders (generally a group very much against the military reign of Tantawi). This story is told through a series of interviews from; The two brothers who started the shop - Omar and Cherif Herrawi. Their skateboard team. A famous, Arab independent film director who filmed a drama about Egypt's underground art scene. The drama's star and Hollywood actor/political activist. A professional skateboarder from San Jose, California who grew up skateboarding in Egypt - Cairo Foster. And many others. Slipping: Skate's impact on Egypt is a documentary about independence in Egypt through an esoteric vessel - skateboarding. This shop, Skate Impact, created the skateboard scene in Egypt through nothing more than passion and an unwavering love for skateboarding.
Awesome work dude!
Hard to believe that a western tradition like skateboarding can emerge so completely inside a Middle Eastern country but Saunders shows us that it can -
Not another skate porn movie
Great perspective of the emerging skate community in Egypt and filmed during the social movement of the Arab spring. Fantastic feel for the reality of what it's like to try and be self expressive within an ultra conservative environment. Crisp and clear. A great little documentary!