The first feature-length documentary about the rise of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia presents a gripping tale of the search for freedom in a society stifled by the communist regime. Unique archive shots set to a driving punk soundtrack introduce us to the cult masters of the board and their never-ending party ride through the grey days of Normalization.
“Stick close to the concrete. Jam through the space. Keep it moving. Skate!” Writer, journalist, DJ, and freelance filmmaker Šimon Šafránek shot his first feature documentary about the rise of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia – a charmingly cheeky yet wise, melancholy, and engaging account of the search for freedom in a society stifled by the communist regime. Unique archive shots set to a driving punk soundtrack (The Clash, Sex Pistols, Killing Joke) introduce us to the cult masters of the board and their never-ending party ride through the grey days of Normalization.
Support of State Film Fund (CZ)
2. 7. 2018
DCP, HD files
Cast & Crew
Martin Roškaňuk, Marek Musil, Petr Kapeller
About the film
It started a couple of years ago. Not up on some hill, not on any ramp. On a couch. The afternoon I opened a book written by my friends, Martina Overstreet and Michal Nanoru. It’s called Prkýnka na maso jsme uřízli /As We Carved Some Chopping Boards/. The book wasn’t mine and it was sold out. The very first memory of this project is from Municipal Library of Prague. Running home from the counter, the book was my trophy, just open it! And it was right there. The words were jumping out of the pages, screaming with a spectacular fervour, passion and love. And then the photos! Archive snaps vibrating with motion even after all those years. And the motion caught my eye. Because what is a film if not a motion? A liquid time I can experience while with a photo I can only deduce its story and context. Riding a skateboard has always brought out a romantic feeling of freedom: screw everything and just go. The sound of that primordial instinct, just hop on a horse, just get in a car, just jump on that small board with wheels. To bolt, to zoom off, to whizz through the space. Adrenalin, adventure. This pioneering fascinates me, the chance to be a part of something untested, of something historically new…