“So much congrats… We wish to see Afghan Skateboard players soon in the world champions,” tweeted Yonus Popalzay.
The film’s director Carol Dysinger also highlighted the plight of Afghan women during her victory speech.
“This movie is my love letter to the brave girls of that country,” said Dysinger, as she praised the teachers from her own life and the ones at Skateistan in Kabul.
“They teach girls courage to raise your hand, to say I am here, I have something to say, and I’m going to take that ramp — don’t try to stop me!”
Skateistan’s executive director Oliver Percovich later told AFP he was “delighted” by the win, saying the “the story of a group of girls who are defying expectations, being told by an all-female film crew” had gotten the recognition it deserved.
“We see so many negative stories about Afghanistan and this is a story of real hope which can help to challenge perceptions,” he added.