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In a town surrounded by a wall, a Palestinian skater inspires a community of boys to learn how to fly.
65 backers pledged $7,668 to help bring this project to life.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM QALQILYA

Posted by Adam Abel (Creator)

MOHAMMED, MYSELF, AND THE WHOLE X GAMES TEAM WISHES YOU A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

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I am still in Palestine filming and will return mid-January.

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If you have not been following our updates on Facebook (which we encourage: facebook.com/qalqilyathefilm), a lot has happened in the past two months - including an article about us in Variety Arabia.

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Production has been going well and we are wrapping up the ending of the film. During my time here I have witnessed the effects of the Gaza conflict and the Palestinian movement for statehood status at the UN. Both of these events affected Palestinians in the West Bank - and not necessarily positively. I have seen an increase in checkpoints and aggressive tactics by the Israeli military. Israel has moved forward with another campaign for Settlements and has withheld millions of dollars in taxes owed to the Palestinian Authority. As a result, it has been months since the Palestinian Authority has been able to pay its employees. That includes two of Mohammed's brothers. The response here when you talk to Palestinians: "Its normal" (or 3adi in Arabic)

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On the lighter side, Mohammed and I made a trip to the Dubai Film Festival - which could not have happened without the support of one of the film programmers who has reached out to us for the past year and sponsored Mohammed's visa. We made some incredible connections for the film and began a relationship with an art and cultural center in Dubai called Tashkeel. They have a skatepark. So, we returned back to Palestine with boards and t shirts donated by Tashkeel (see photo below). We look forward to continuing our relationship with them. Sajed and the team have already been building the boards and they are already hitting the streets in Qalqilya. Tashkeel has lit a much needed spark here.

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As for the next step of the film, we are getting ready for planning post production. We are excited about 2013 and look forward to sending it to festivals by the end of the year.

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Thank you for all your support! We could not have gone this far without your help.

Adam

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