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Splinters


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Product Details

  • Actors: Perrin Chiles, Adam Pesce
  • Directors: Adam Pesce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Indieblitz
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008I5OIAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,476 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the 1980s, a pilot left behind a surfboard in a remote seaside village in Papua New Guinea, a land known for cargo cults and cannibalism. Twenty years later, the sport of surfing is splintering Vanimo Village. For select surfing talent, it's a way out to compete in the "whiteman's" world. Personal and clan rivalries emerge as hopefuls claw for this prestigious position. The countercultural sport is also a unique catalyst for social change as women gain newfound status in a violent, patriarchal community.

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Really special film.
S. Maki
It is a powerful film and great for introducing these global issues to my students.
Brandon Sedgley
Excellent music as well.
Barry

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Maki on June 22, 2012
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This is one of the most personal, subtle yet utterly gripping films I have ever seen. Presented with no agenda or intrusion from its maker, this story is allowed to tell itself - and it does so brilliantly. A real work of art and yet so very accessible. Really special film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marye on July 21, 2014
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I was utterly moved by this film -- to the point that I'm writing a review for the first time in hopes that others will see it, and to let the filmmaker know how much it was appreciated. As a documentary, as a film, as a narrative, Splinters is so well done, expertly crafted, the highest form of documentary film making -- weaves an honest narrative together, perfectly paced, without a hint of agenda from the filmmaker--simply takes you into the heart and soul of the people in the film, and the plot unfolds, powerfully, from them just living their lives -- a pretty magical thing thing to accomplish as a documentary filmmaker. Each person in the film has his/her own voice, is allowed to be who they are within the film, the environment itself is a character, the ocean, surfing itself. All edited together seamlessly, beautifully. You don't need to be a surfer to enjoy and learn from this film. Having said that, if you surf, are an ocean lover, a traveler, or are simply interested in the world and its people beyond your own backyard, this film will engage you and move you. This is high quality work, and art, and I hope this director makes more films, because we will all be better for it. Adam Pesce's stamp is on the film, but only in that you can tell he made it from his heart. Just see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Howard Day on January 17, 2013
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As an anthropologist, I appreciate the sympathetic, balanced portrayal of the conflicts between the young Papua-New Guinea surfing hopefuls, and the close look at this exotic culture's traditions. The cinematography is over-the-top outstanding, the scenery breathtalkingly gorgeous. It's fantastic to see the enthusiasm and enormous seriousness with which the Papuans approach surfing. It also dedpicts the traditional roots of sexism as girls are not expected to be "good for much" except being ordered around by menfolk. Surfing for the girls is a path to full equality. Classroom social science teachers and professional anthropologists could easily use this film in classes where social change is the topic, or in sociology-of -sport curricula.
I would love to purchase thin DVD form!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Sedgley on May 22, 2014
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I am using this film in my AP World history class due to all the global issues that it touches on, all under the guise of a surf competition. This film touches on a nation struggling to balance tradition with modernity while exploring local political divisions, poverty and the division of wealth, race and ethnicity, women's rights and gender equality, accessibility to food and resources, and of course the struggles of competing to become a professional surfer in a country with little to no acknowledgment from the global surf community. It is a powerful film and great for introducing these global issues to my students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TIM TOWERS on August 12, 2014
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This is a story that is a must see for anyone who watches the world change . The Documentary maker must have had the complete trust of the players in this life moment. I lived in PNG for many years and started surfing the waves there from the age of 12. I am now 65.
Surfing has inspired not only the surfers but also given these people a concept of development and future.
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I wasn't sure what to expect but figured this was going to be a poorly-produced, barely credible film with terrible acting and lousy sound quality. So why did I buy it, you ask? Fair question. Born & raised in PNG and spent my holidays in Wewak, just a little down the coast from where this was filmed. It's my duty to support my people even if the product isn't as good as The Avengers, right? Right. SURPRISE: it's really good! No, for real. It's more of a documentary than a movie, although there are some parts that are blatantly obvious as having been scripted, but it's well filmed and the sound is good. Subtitles for those of you who don't know Tok Pisin but most of it is in English anyway. I had no clue PNG even had a surfing community. If you liked Blue Crush you'll like this. Sorry, no hot chicks in bikinis but still a great way to spend a couple hours.
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