Breaking the Wave • Rompiendo La Ola + The Fisherman's Son

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Breaking the Wave • Rompiendo La Ola + The Fisherman's Son


Friday Jul 17 01:00 PM
Wednesday Jul 22 07:30 PM
Sunday Jul 26 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:


Breaking the Wave • Rompiendo La Ola
Directed by Annie Caravaggio. Panama/Brazil. 2014. 70 min. Spanish with English subtitles. 74 min.
No, this is not a sequel to the Lars von Trier movie set in the north of Scotland, but rather one of the first surf documentaries to come out of Panama. Set at Santa Catalina, a point break on Panama’s Pacific coast, Breaking the Wave recounts three stories, all turning on Santa Catalina locals: Alejandro “El Cholito” Alfonso, 34, who wins a world championship, has nine children, lives from one job to the next, was too wild to land a brand deal; Deivis Godoy, a top competitor but poor and black, who also fails to attract sponsors; Juan Carlos “Oli” Gonzalez, just 18, Santa Catalina’s big hope, surfing since a child. In the vein of 2011’s Splinters, which looked at the evolution of indigenous surfing in Papua New Guinea, Breaking the Wave features some stunning surf photography but it also focuses on the struggles and triumphs of its three protagonists and the community they grew up in.

See the trailer.

The Fisherman's Son: The Spirit of Ramón Navarro
Directed by Chris Malloy. USA/Chile. 2015. 29 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
When a visiting surfer gave his broken board to a young boy in Punta de Lobos, Chile, he had no idea what he’d started. Young Ramón Navarro, the son of a subsistence fisherman, would rise to the top of the big wave surfing world. Traveling the globe in search of gigantic waves, Navarro lived much of his life on the road—an exploratory trip to Antarctica, a perfect 100 at the Eddie at Waimea Bay, an impossible barrel on the biggest day ever at Cloudbreak. He was everywhere. But when his home break came under threat of development, Navarro couldn’t pass through his village tossing young unknowns his broken boards. He would preserve the waves so they might have them to ride.

See the trailer.

—-screens with— 

Déjà Vu (short)
Directed by Eugenio Barcelloni. Spain. 2014. 4 min.
A journey made of images, frenzied, through woods, across beaches and cities along the Basque coast. 

Rail To Rail (short)
Directed by Joel Sharpe. Australia/Guatemala. 2014. 4 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
Zancudo grew up using borrowed bodyboards—but he didn't ride them quite like everybody else. Shot in a small village of El Salvador, Rail to Rail is the story of one surfer equipped with little more than a bodyboard and his own ingenuity, surfing the way he always wanted.

Winner: Best Short Film, Portuguese International Surf Film Festival; Viewers' Choice, Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival.

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