Director: Ben Strebel
Producer: Katie Lambert
Exec Producer: Ore Okonedo
DOP: Ben Todd
Focus Puller: Ahmet Husseyhein
Steadicam: Andrew Fletcher
Ugandan Service company: Seamless Uganda
Editor: Max Windows
Colourist: Houmam Abdallah (MPC)
Commissioner: James Hackett (Virgin EMI)
I wanted to show how skateboarding is a universal language. No matter where you’re from or where you live, it unites us all.
Found in the Kintale slums, Kampala, the park acts as a refuge an escape for local kids. Growing up in these tough conditions a lot of them can easily turn to crime. Skateboarding and the park (Run by the Uganda Skateboard Union) act as an outlet to combat this, a focus if you like. We found Trinity, our protagonist, hanging around the park; he was the only one out of the group of boys sat there who didn’t smile. Something very serious and melancholic about him – a story behind those eyes. But then when he did smile, wow, our hearts melted. He’s a little star, to say the least.
The shoot was an emotional, harrowing and humbling experience that opened mine and the crew’s eyes. I love the fact that, by making this, we’ve been able to contribute to the building of the second part of the park.