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The Scars of Ali Boulala

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The Scars of Ali Boulala
Directed byMax Eriksson
Produced byMario Adamson, Ashley J. Smith
Written byMikel Cee Karlsson, Max Eriksson
StarringAli Boulala
Music byWarren Ellis
Edited byMikel Cee Karlsson
Production
company
Sisyfos Film Production, Folk Film

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The Scars of Ali Boulala is a documentary film directed by Max Eriksson and written by Eriksson and Mikel Cee Karlsson. It tells the story of Ali Boulala's early life and career as a pro-skater, as well as the aftermath of his motorcycle accident in 2007.

The film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13, 2021.[citation needed]

Synopsis[edit]

The documentary follows Ali Boulala's life from his discovery of skateboarding to his 40th birthday. Through a combination of archival footage in various formats, the film looks back on Boulala's years as a pro-skater and introduces his friends and teammates. It follows Boulala's journey to fame after being recruited at a young age by Flip Skateboards, and his downfall after a motorcycle accident in Australia. Images of Ali alongside the other young skaters of his generation are intertwined with shots of the quiet life he now leads in Stockholm.

At the age of 16, Ali Boulala drops out of school and moves to the United States to pursue his skateboarding career. Once in California, he joins the Flip crew and embarks on a life without limits, travelling the world with his teammates. After being banned from the United States because of drunken misdemeanours, he lives on the road for a number of years. His perfectionism leads him to regular outbursts of anger during which he smashes his skateboard to force himself to stop trying tricks. This obsessive behavior also carries over into substance abuse. Drinking goes from being a social event to a way of life. Harder drugs are introduced. This is when he meets Shane Cross. They quickly become close friends.

In 2007, the crew finally ends up in Australia. Highly intoxicated, Ali and Shane decide to ride a motorcycle together, with Boulala driving the motorcycle and Cross sitting on the back. Without helmets, they crash into a wall. Boulala ends up in coma and Cross is killed in the accident.[1] Boulala loses his ability to skate and his life is forever changed.[2]

After causing another person’s death followed by a long period of drug abuse, the former skateboarder manages to achieve sobriety. Today, he has been sober for seven years and lives a tranquil life in Stockholm. However, he still carries mental trauma and has to live with his physical disability.[3] After a visit from one of his closest friends from the skateboarding era on the eve of his 40th birthday, an opportunity opens up for Boulala to face his emotional scars.

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Release[edit]

The Scars of Ali Boulala will have its release on June 13, 2021 for the Tribeca Film Festival.[4]

References[edit]

  1. Jane Holroyd (8 March 2007). "Skaters 'lost' without gifted Cross". The Age.
  2. Shelley Hadfield (25 April 2008). "World famous skateboarder Ali Boulala jailed". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. Jay Riggio (16 November 2010). "Ali Boulala Things I need to say". Huck. The Church of London.
  4. Staff, A. O. L. "Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2021 Lineup". www.aol.com.


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