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Afridun AmuBy Afridun Amu
First created
Afridun AmuBy Afridun Amu
First created
€13,556
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9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 29 2018 11:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Unsurfed Afghanistan

We are THIS close to completing our documentary about the FIRST ever ridden waves in Afghanistan. Help with a small financial push to see us through post-production!

Surfing the Panjsher river in Afghanistan
Surfing the Panjsher river in Afghanistan

The Journey

Unsurfed Afghanistan is a documentary that follows Afridun Amu in his quest to bring joy to his homeland. What better way of doing this than sharing what you love with your people? In Afridun’s case this was tricky. Afridun adores surfing. But Afghanistan has no access to the sea. So how was he going to combine the two?

This is Afri wearing a Pakol. As a small token of gratitude for your support, we’ll send you one for your donation.
This is Afri wearing a Pakol. As a small token of gratitude for your support, we’ll send you one for your donation.

With the help of experienced (and yes, partially crazy:P) river-surfers we spotted locations no surfboard has ever touched. Ploughing through the risks of agitated streams underneath a calm whitish looking river surface, broken roads, temperature swings and cultural differences, we captured footage that unveils an almost mystical side of Afghanistan. A side, where our project spoke directly to the untamed and adventurous spirit of the Afghan people and seemingly transcended and collapsed neatly established East-West divides.

We shot HQ (4xHD) pictures of the untouched landscapes of Afghanistan.  Interested in acquiring a unique picture? We'd love to share them with you as a small thank-you for your support.
We shot HQ (4xHD) pictures of the untouched landscapes of Afghanistan. Interested in acquiring a unique picture? We'd love to share them with you as a small thank-you for your support.

Afridun Amu established the Wave Riders Association of Afghanistan (WRAA) in 2012. Since then WRAA has hosted the first Afghan National Surf Competition in Portugal and joined the International Surf Association World Games. Afri, a trained jurist, has spent much of his life searching the world’s coastlines for surf spots. This film accompanies him to his home country, landlocked Afghanistan, with just the same goal.

The Panjsher-board hold by one of the local spectators, after our first surf session in Afghanistan.  We'd like to give you this historic board as a perk for your support
The Panjsher-board hold by one of the local spectators, after our first surf session in Afghanistan. We'd like to give you this historic board as a perk for your support

Where You Come In

We need your support to finish our film in a way that honours the mission. We need funds for sound licensing, composition, post production, colour correction and other technical edits in order to get our movie to the film festival circuit. You will definitely enjoy the perks we have lined up for our supporters. Even more you will enjoy watching a film that you have contributed to, a film about some visionaries making the impossible possible.

Gearing up
Gearing up

More about the team

Nico Walz, 
a German outdoor film producer, who loves river-surfing himself. The man behind the camera and co-producer of the documentary.
Nico Walz, 
a German outdoor film producer, who loves river-surfing himself. The man behind the camera and co-producer of the documentary.
Jacob Kelly,  one of Canada’s river-surfing pioneers who is about to surf his 100th river wave. Our expert when it comes to river-surfing.
Jacob Kelly, one of Canada’s river-surfing pioneers who is about to surf his 100th river wave. Our expert when it comes to river-surfing.
Benjamin Di-Qual,  a German construction engineer for artificial waves, who used to be a semi-professional snowboarder and a dedicated river-surfer. He was responsible for the maps and numbers.
Benjamin Di-Qual, a German construction engineer for artificial waves, who used to be a semi-professional snowboarder and a dedicated river-surfer. He was responsible for the maps and numbers.
Afridun Amu, an Afghan ocean-surfer, who recently started exploring river-surfing. A co-producer of the documentary and responsible for bringing the crew to Afghanistan and safely back.
Afridun Amu, an Afghan ocean-surfer, who recently started exploring river-surfing. A co-producer of the documentary and responsible for bringing the crew to Afghanistan and safely back.
Ehssanullah Aghbar, a local from Panjsher, sports enthusiast and president of Afghanistan’s Peace and sport council. A crucial team-member for the whole realization in Afghanistan.
Ehssanullah Aghbar, a local from Panjsher, sports enthusiast and president of Afghanistan’s Peace and sport council. A crucial team-member for the whole realization in Afghanistan.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk endeavour. We’ve already covered the thorny part and got the footage out of the country. Now we just need a last push to help us cross the finishing-line. You may have noticed that professional post-production is much more expensive than the goal we have set. This is because ours is a work of passion. We depend on friendship and support from people who share and support our vision. You have our word that we will get the most out of every penny you give us in support.
There might be some unforeseen expenses but in this case we will find a solution.

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