The Scars of Ali Boulala, Max Eriksson’s documentary about legendary Swedish skateboarding prodigy Ali Boulala, world premiere in the documentary competition category at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.
Featured in the documentary are Ali Boulala, Rune Glifberg, Arto Saari, Ewan Bowman, Alex Moul, Dustin Dollin, Kevin “Spanky” Long, and Erik Ellington.
Sixteen-year-old Ali Boulala is thrust into the heart of the global skateboarding scene when he is recruited onto a professional crew in the mid-1990s. He spends a decade touring the world with his teammates and living a life without limits. His creativity on the board and his reputation for partying gains Ali the status as the most fearless and eccentric skateboarder of his generation.
Everything changes in 2007 when Ali is involved in a tragic accident. He loses his ability to skate and must fight to build up his life again. Ali now lives a quiet life in the suburbs of Stockholm. He carries scars on his body and in his psyche – constant reminders of the accident that still haunts him. One day, an opportunity opens up for Ali to face his emotional demons head-on. He must decide if he is ready to confront his past, or if some wounds can’t be healed.