布萊恩．亞當凱維茲 Brian ADAMKIEWICZ
墨西哥 Mexico、美國 USA | 2018 | DCP | Colour | 14min
A wall divides society along the lines of "inside" and “outside” and discriminates against those who live beyond their boundaries as “Other.” This short film shows the perspective of an 8 year old American-Mexican boy and documents a diverse skate crew who decided to build a new ramp together with the same construction materials that would be used to build the alleged wall between two nations. The project is looking for a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and U.S.A. after the American presidential elections in 2016.
【影片參與選手名單 Featuring Skaters】
Liz, Violet, Matias, Yazelin, Enzo, Emiliano, Diego, Edgar, Daniel, Salvador, Isaac, Cepi, Ceci, Gordo, Antony, Ivan, Juan Pablo, Jordan, Kariie, Kevin Calderon, Nainoa, Nat, Niko, Carlos, Sam, Uriel, Mauricio Ortiz, Eduardo Cazares, Isaac Rivera, Angel Campos, Antony Provencher.
Brian ADAMKIEWICZ is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker with a specialty in documentaries and action sports films. He is also an avid skater, a devoted skate/ surf instructor and a creative filmmaker documenting the impacts of skating and surfing on youth development.
2018 墨西哥影展 Mexico IFF
2018 瓜納華托影展 Guanajuato IFF
Build Ramps Not Walls (BRNW) documents a project that began with a tight knit Mexican and American skate community on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Looking for a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and the United States of America after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections, this diverse skate crew decided to come together a build a new ramp with the same construction materials that would be used to build the alleged wall between Mexico and the U.S.A.
We designed the ramp, fundraised the money and brought together a group of over 40 volunteers from both sides of the border to build. With each day of construction, we saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. We were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating.
By building this ramp together, our community was opening opportunities for youth skaters in the region to improve their skills on better ramps without having to move to the big city or cross the border. We have put our skate community on the map for potential sponsors by documenting our project in a film and gaining attention for our region. Most importantly, we have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days.