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Splinters (2011)

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Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left... See full summary »

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Splinters is the first feature-length documentary film about the evolution of indigenous surfing in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. In the 1980s an intrepid Australian pilot left behind a surfboard in the seaside village of Vanimo. Twenty years on, surfing is not only a pillar of village life but also a means to prestige. With no access to economic or educational advancement, let alone running water and power, village life is hermetic. A spot on the Papua New Guinea national surfing team is the way to see the wider world; the only way. Written by In Effect Films

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Maverick Perspective on Surfing
31 January 2012 | by (California) – See all my reviews

With the democratization of filmmaking, almost anyone with access to filmmaking technology can generate a film. So when I learned Director Adam Pesce moved to Papua New Guinea, learned pigeon English and started shooting, I knew this was not just another surfer's stab at self-aggrandizing You Tube stardom. Plus, the film's website is a platform for all sorts of awards and acknowledgments from the film festival circuit, so I have some back up on this stance.

This documentary is extremely well done. Both aesthetically and narratively.

And subjectively, I say that by taking in to account the distinct dynamic native to Papua New Guinea, the dialogue & story which unfolds on the screen and the circumstances I learned later via researching the film about the bouts of malaria endured by the Director, etc. Briefly, the film showcases the universal struggles one engages in when practical needs conflict with dreams and ideals of a better life. Surfing is the conduit of hope and also the bittersweet weapon of control and revenge. Watch the film to figure out how and why.


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