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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. -- (C) Official Site


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  • A hybrid work that will appeal to both surf-movie fanatics and armchair sociologists.

    Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • Wait for it to hit the small screen.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Not all of these players win in this capable account of their struggles, but all contribute to a valuable lesson in fair play.

    Feb 2, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A cool doc that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.

    Feb 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Offers a compelling look at the preparations undertaken by two rival wave-rider clubs in the town of Vanimo.

    Jan 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea...

    Jan 31, 2012 | Full Review…

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