When Adam Abel ’98 was working on art project in Palestine, he met Team X-Games, a group of youth “who skate, do parkour, perform beatbox and hiphop” in Qalqilya, a city surrounded by the Israeli Wall. Adam teamed up with them to make a documentary film about them, in an effort to build the first skatepark in Palestine.
The following is from an article in the Daily Beast:
Team X-Games finally got their big break in the form of Adam Abel, a random guy from Brooklyn, who stumbled upon Sajed and his team while researching the path of the wall that suffocates Qalqilya. Abel was in the territories working on an artsy project called Terra Infirma, “an installation that repurposes images from Google Earth into photographs and video to represent boundaries as political interventions,” and apparently, the wall around Qalqilya was a perfect specimen.
Adam was itching to see the infamous barrier and to meet the mythical skate team his friends had mentioned lived inside its confines. He hired a tour guide named Mohammed Othman from the neighboring village, Jayyous, to show him the route and take him to meet team X-Games. It was love at first sight.
On the day they met Sajed and his ragamuffin crew, Adam and Mohammed, who had just met each other, decided to drop everything they were currently working on, so they could team up to make a documentary film about Qalqilya’s X-Games.
Image thumb: from Adam
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