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Kick, Push In South Africa With This Stunning Documentary About Race, Class & Skateboarding In Cape Town

'Jas Boude' is a beautifully-shot South African documentary that follows a day in the life of the Cape Flats skateboarding collective, 20sk8.

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20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)[/caption]

20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)

Jas Boude, directed by Georgina Warner and Imraan Christian, is a beautifully-shot South African documentary film that follows a day in the life of 20sk8 members, “a brotherhood formed through skateboarding originating from the Cape Flats Cape Town, Against Gangsterism and Drugs, Urban Street Culture 1 Movement”. The film covers their trials and tribulations as they look for spots to skate. It's a task that sounds simple enough but proves to be extremely difficult for our young protagonists of color.

In the film, the skaters make their way from the impoverished Cape Flats to the heart of Cape Town’s upscale downtown area, attempting to navigate spaces that want them excluded, silenced and invisible. The viewer is exposed to the at times blatant and at times subtle racial and economic segregation–a force that even permeates the city’ built structures.

One of the locations highlighted in the documentary is a skate park in the Cape Flats unaffectionately called “The Lion’s Den”. It’s a focal point for gangs and crime, rendering the newly-built park, although a welcome addition by skaters, virtually unusable. Unable to utilize the park and escaping the violence that surrounds them, 20sk8 venture to the very wealthy Central Business District of Cape Town. From reproachful glares and racially-motivated threats of having the police called, to being outright barred from spaces by poorly paid security guards, the skaters can’t seem to skate in peace.

The documentary, which debuted at South Africa's Encounters International Film Festival in 2015, is available for free viewing as of this week. The online debut coincides with an announcement that Jas Boude has been nominated for Best Student Film at the 2016 South African Film and Television Awards.

"We feel that the film is at its height of relevance now because of our current socio political discussions in SA, mainly instigated by student movements," the film’s co-director and cinematographer, Imraan Christian, tells Okayafrica.

Jas Boude is equal parts thought-provoking and equal parts exhilarating skateboarding. Check it out below.

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20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)[/caption]

20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)

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20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)[/caption]

20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)

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20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)[/caption]

20sk8 photographed by Imraan Christian (Courtesy of the photographer)

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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