FOLLOW A GROUP OF YOUNG ZULU SKATEBOARDERS IN THEIR JOURNEY TO BEAT THE ODDS AND COMPETE IN THEIR FIRST INTERNATIONAL SKATEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIP.
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“Sport has the power to change the world. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” -Nelson Mandela
Deep in the Valley of 1000 Hills in South Africa lies Indigo Skate Camp, the extraordinary beating heart of a poverty-stricken village. In 2001, South African skateboarding legend Dallas Oberholzer built a mini ramp with the modest goal of sharing his love of skateboarding with the community. Today, it boasts half-pipes, ramps, a bowl and street skating features that draw international visitors—including superstar Tony Hawk—and local Zulu children alike. "This is one of the last places you’d expect to see skating and skate culture, and yet it’s thriving here in a very short time.” -Tony Hawk The striking natural beauty of the Valley of 1000 Hills offers a jarring contrast to the poverty afflicting its Zulu communities. For many of the local kids, skateboarding has become their lifeline, a refuge from the difficulties of everyday life. Each day after school, kids pour into Indigo’s clubhouse, grab a board and drop in, some staying long past dusk to hone their skills and land that one elusive trick. As these skaters have grown and matured, so have their skills in the sport—and they are now ready to launch themselves onto an international stage. KICK PUSH ZULU is a documentary feature film that follows these young skaters as they prepare for the Kimberley Diamond Cup, South Africa’s preeminent international skateboarding competition. We witness the challenges of their daily life, the grueling practice sessions and—above it all—the spirit of the Zulu warrior inside each child as they fight to find their place in the ever-changing cultural landscape of South Africa in the 21st century.