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Rated NR · 95 minutes · 2009
Here's one surfing documentary you'll never see at Park West. According to the opening titles, surf culture arrived in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s and has proved so powerful that the village of Vanimo sustains not one but two surf clubs, each preparing for a national tournament that will send a handful of champions to big, bad Australia. In standard sports-doc fashion, video maker Adam Pesce structures his story around the build-up to the competition, but the surfers he profiles are so flat (at least in front of a camera) that the conflict never generates any interest. 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.
Director: Maciej Pieprzyca
Cast: Antoni Pawlicki, Jacek Braciak, Krzysztof Globisz, Tomasz Karolak, Tomasz Kot, Marcin Hycnar, Karolina Piechota, Agnieszka Judycka, Magdalena Stuzynska and Krzysztof Ogloza

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