Splinters (2012)



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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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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

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

August 16, 2012
Seattle Times
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Wait for it to hit the small screen.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
New York Post
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Not all of these players win in this capable account of their struggles, but all contribute to a valuable lesson in fair play.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
New York Times
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A cool doc that pivots adroitly between viewpoints and ambitions.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
New York Daily News
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Offers a compelling look at the preparations undertaken by two rival wave-rider clubs in the town of Vanimo.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Time Out
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The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea...

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Splinters

As a surfer and a fan of surf films, this is one of the best documentaries on surfing I have ever seen. The stories behind the lives of these villagers are so well told, and the areas in which the director chose to focus gave an added understanding of the experiences within the village of Vanimo. The best part is feeling the universal joy that unites surfers around the world, from all walks of life. Adam Pesce captures it beautifully.

Montauk Sun
Montauk Sun

Wow. Adam Pesce has done an amazing job. With Splinters, Pesce manages to show what you can do with a documentary. Stakes are high. People's futures hang in the balance. This film hurts, and laughs, and washes over you with the realisation that you've seen something unexpectedly memorable. Far more than a surf documentary. Highly recommended.

Paul Miller
Paul Miller

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