Dazed & Confused and Diesel joined forces to create Diesel New Voices – a new platform for young filmmakers to have their work seen by a global audience. The result is three short documentaries focusing on youth 'micro-cultures' around the world. The three selected stories that received funding show how a small number of individuals can have a positive social impact by going against the grain, and forging a shared identity through opposition to social pressures.
Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul By Orlando von Einsiedel
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautifully shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
The Boys From Ponta Preta By Thierry Albert and Marcus Werner Hed
Set on the Cape Verde islands off the western coast of Africa, this short film shows how three young men struggling with the country’s limited opportunities took the tourists’ sport of kitesurfing and made it their own – with one even becoming world champion. Titik, Mitu and Djo explain how they spent their early days skipping school at the beach and learning from the global surf community any way that they could. Now they have set up a surf school that teaches the tourists, and offers hope to others who are stuck in the island’s slums.
Cult Youth By Coco Wang and Mi You
This is an insider’s view of Beijing’s underground comic art scene and follows five members of the comic group “Cult Youth”. Combining film with animation, the documentary depicts the lives, works and personalities of these struggling and engaging artists. Set against the background of the oppressive publishing industry in China, Cult Youth celebrates the benefits of shared creativity.