This Ain't California trailer

Design Indaba Filmfest 2014: "This Ain’t California" tracks three friends over nearly three decades as they discover and develop their love for skateboarding.

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This fast-paced hybrid documentary takes us on a trip through the strange unknown world of the 'Rollbrettfahrer', as skateboarders were known in the, then German Democratic Republic or East Germany. Against the backdrop of the oppressive government regime, This Ain't California directed by Marten Persiel, tracks three kids who discover their love of skateboarding – a madcap, even unacceptable sport. Skateboarding becomes a symbol of freedom and fun. As one of the protagonists says: “It is about fun, it is not about competition. We were sick of marching. We were outsiders; we were like aliens, we weren’t political. We were skaters.” 

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