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  • Summary: 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.(SnagFilms) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jan 31, 2012
    The best film ever made about competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea (and Best Documentary of the year as per Surfer Magazine).
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Jan 31, 2012
    Surfing meets sociology in Splinters, a compelling documentary about the sport's arrival in the Papua New Guinea village of Vanimo.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 2, 2012
    A real-life examination of competitive surfing in Papua New Guinea, the film derives tension from the proverbial big tournament but also from how the event helps foster a worthy morality.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 31, 2012
    While marred somewhat by the griminess of its HD imagery, Splinters nonetheless successfully integrates the sport and an attendant subculture in a way that manages to enhance both, leading to a climactic competition that actually makes you feel something important is at stake.
  5. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Feb 1, 2012
    Adam Pesce never condescends to any of his subjects, but good intentions alone don't make for a captivating movie.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 3, 2012
    An interesting debut for director Pesce, although it isn't worth running out to see. Wait for it to hit the small screen.
  7. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 9, 2012
    This has some currency as ethnography, showing how tribal and interpersonal matters mesh with sports mania, but it remains a formidably dull account of an inherently exciting pastime.

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