Dir. Adam Pesce, 2012.
There is always something strange about the way a surf movie can draw you in. Splinters is a feature-length documentary that shows a very romantic view of surfing from the eyes of the people of Vanimo Village, Papua New Guinea. Following several up and coming surfers who all have their hearts set on using surfing as a way to leave their village and see the world.
With the first surfboard left in the village in the 1980's the culture of the village has allowed for surfing to be a very strong presence in Vanimo. From an outsider looking in you see gender struggles, cultural struggles, legal struggles, and most importantly the inner struggles of the several aspiring professional surfers. With deep meaning and beautiful cinematography this film gives a very insightful and hopeful view of a village in Papua New Guinea that wants to change their lives.
The desire is strong between the main characters of Angelus, the strong power surfer, Ezekiel, the progressive surfer, Lesley, the first woman surfer and Susan, who are both determined to succeed in a male dominated arena and culture.
With an upcoming national surf competition the tensions rise between two competing surf clubs with jealousy and a desire to win by any means leaving one surf club trying anything to win.
Splinters is a must see film for anyone who loves travel, surfing or the need for a better life. It is a polar opposite example of the stereotypical surfer, the surfers of Papa New Guinea surf with hopes of a better life for themselves and their community.
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