This Ain’t California is a documentary from director Marten Persiel that chronicles the birth of contemporary skateboarding in ’80s East Germany. Back then Germany was divided by the Berlin Wall and in East Germany all Western influences (movies, music, magazine, etc) were banned. Since these kids couldn’t buy boards they hand crafted their own as well as crafting their own style of skating.
At first the State saw skateboarding as a Western sport that they didn’t want or need. After skateboarding gained popularity East German officials tried to control skating by creating clubs with training schedules and uniforms.
The skateboarders rejected the official’s clubs because they knew it was just another way to gain intelligence from the citizens of East Germany.
After the Wall fell on November 9th, 1989 the East Germans had to adapt to all of the new ideas that they had been sheltered from. One of the film’s producers Ronald Vietz said , as a skateboarder, he was ready for it.