Legendary skateboarder Ali Boulala revisits and
reconstructs his fearless and traumatic past as he
tries to heal the wounds he carries inside.
Swedish teenager Ali Boulala quickly becomes known as the most captivating and eccentric skateboarder of his time. The original Baker Boy, the petulant Piss Drunk, and the guy who almost ollied a set of 25 stairs in Lyon, Ali is a living legend until he almost isn’t.
In Melbourne, Australia, Ali and his friend
Shane Cross take a drunken motorcycle ride without helmets which results in a
life-altering crash. Severely injured, Shane dies in hospital. In a coma for four months, Ali awakens to face a prison sentence, and never returns to skateboarding.
Spiralling into grief, depression and substance abuse, Ali makes a choice; to get sober and get help.
Max Eriksson’s documentary film “The Scars of Ali Boulala” premieres at Tribeca Film Festival. With video footage from private archives and exclusive interviews, the film shows Ali’s journey through brokenness and recovery, and shines a light on the importance for us all to be vulnerable with one another, to open up and talk.
In partnership with the European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) and Frédérique Ries MEP (Renew Group Vice-Chair) the film impact campaign launches a call-to-action for EU policymakers to include arts therapy within a European Strategy on Mental Health.