December 4, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and A&E IndieFilms invite you and a guest to attend a special screening of

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)

Directed by Carol Dysinger
Produced by Elena Andreicheva

Followed by a Q&A with Carol Dysinger

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Winner: Best Documentary Short, 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Official Selection: Traverse City Film Festival; DOC NYC; Mill Valley Film Festival; Social Justice Film Festival.

About Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)

Learning To Skate In A War Zone (If You're A Girl) Trailer from Grain Media on Vimeo.

In Afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. Cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of Afghan girls who believe they can do anything. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in Kabul.

The film follows a class of girls at Skateistan, a nonprofit that began as a skate school in Kabul in 2007 and grew into a multinational educational initiative. Skateistan focuses on recruiting girls from impoverished neighborhoods to not only teach them to skateboard, but to help educate them so they can join - or return to - the public school system. Over the course of the school year, the girls grow and become empowered through the joy of skateboarding and the warmth and inspiration of the women who teach them.

For the girls in our film, the chance to skateboard presents a unique experience - to compete, to play, to learn their strengths, and to gain courage, life skills that will transcend skateboarding and the classroom to help the girls adapt and thrive with the changing opportunities newly available to them.

Provided courtesy of A&E IndieFilms. Not rated. Running time: 40 minutes.


About the Guest


Carol Dysinger is a filmmaker, writer, artist, and educator, whose contemporary work offers a counter-narrative to traditional stories of conflict. She is in the midst of a trilogy on Afghanistan and America post 9/11.

Alternating between fiction and documentary storytelling practices throughout her career, she had made a lifelong inquiry into the mechanics of story and the role storytelling plays in what we come to believe is true. She began in the theatre as an actor, moved into editing music videos for the Clash in New York, and has won many awards for her short narrative work. She then moved on to write screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Disney, and HBO Independent and has edited feature-length narrative and documentary films.

In 2005, she traveled solo to Afghanistan with camera in hand to make her feature directorial debut, Camp Victory, Afghanistan, which screened at MOMA, SXSW, Human Rights Watch and at The Hague. One Bullet Afghanistan is the second in the trilogy about the human impact of international conflict post 9/11 currently being completed in Denmark. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2018, a new work in multimedia installation, which draws from decades of memoirs and family history, footage shot over 15 years in Afghanistan, and brings it together to take down the veil between human experience, story, and history.

An Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Department of Graduate Film and Television and the Interactive Telecommunications Program, she has developed innovative curriculum combining documentary and narrative as well as combining AR and VR with cinematic storytelling techniques.

A longtime consultant for Sundance Doc Lab, she is a much sought after story and editing advisor for documentaries and hybrid work around the world. She is a Fellow at The Fordham Law School’s Center on Justice and Security. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America West.

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) is Carol’s love letter to the young girls of Afghanistan, the boldest, bravest, funniest people she’s ever met.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu