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Trailer Premiere: 'Bikelordz' Follows Accra's BMX Scene [Documentary]

Bikelordz is a Ghanaian documentary focusing on the emerging flat ground BMX stunting scene in Accra, Ghana.


Bikelordz is an upcoming documentary that sheds light on the small but buzzing BMX flat-ground scene in Accra, Ghana. The film dives into the lives of several young Ghanaian riders who've been called by the BMX lifestyle, showcasing their passion for the sport with all types of surreal stunts and tricks. Through their exploits, a familiar story unfolds: they struggle to live life on their own terms and the triumphs along the way are small but sweet. Bikelordz producer/director Mikey Hart gave us a little background on the project:

Bikelordz first entered the world as a short film, edited by director / cinematographer Tobias Arturi from handheld camera footage shot by myself while living in Accra in 2006-7. The short premiered in the Bicycle Film Festival, resonating with audiences from Hong Kong to San Francisco, and inspired us to go back to Ghana with proper equipment, a shoestring budget, and some collaborators: NOLA artist Sam Feather-Garner, BK musician Charlie Ferguson of Zongo Junction, and SF photographer Quincy Cardinale.

With riders showing us around we were able to go places no tourists and many locals would never go-- from soundsystem parties to funeral parties. The film will feature a soundtrack of original music by a variety of American and Ghanaian artists as well as some highlife favorites.

From handstands to backflips, these young innovators are doing things on wheels that we wouldn’t even try in a yoga studio. Check out the trailer below to see a preview of the documentary and experience first hand a fresh, groundbreaking lifestyle. Foll0w Bikelordz on their Facebook / TwitterTumblr to keep updated!

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Image by Adryan Abii-Smith.

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