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SURF NATION

With unprecedented access, SURF NATION tells a story beginning in Hainan, China’s southernmost province where hundreds of athletes as young as 9-years-old train as part of the Chinese National Surf team. These young recruits have left their families around the country and are paid to become surfers with Olympic aspirations.

Shot in a tropical paradise with miles of empty beaches, aspiring athletes and their international coaches live in an old hotel that has become the hub of surfing in China. The kids surf and take classes six days a week. The pressure of failure looms over them as weak performance means dismissal. Their Australian coaches teach technique and surfing’s central attribute: individuality, in a culture that demands conformity. Over a period of two years, we follow two of China’s top surfers, Alex and Lolo, as they train with the team, compete and discover what they want their lives to be.

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Virtual Screening Nov 14 – 27th | Only Accessible from HAWAII

Virtual Screening Nov 14 – 27th | Only Accessible from HAWAII | Access Starts at the Above Time

Credits

DIRECTOR(S)Jessica Q. Chen, Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr.
PRODUCER(S)Diane Quon, Nevo Shinaar
SCREENWRITER(S)n/a
CASTQiu “Alex” Zhuo, Luo “Lolo” Ling
CINEMATOGRAPHERHarrison Schaaf, Sachi Cunningham, Katie Falkenberg, Claire Hannah Collins, Jamie Alac, Andres Planas, Layne Stratton

Details

PREMIERE STATUS: HAWAI‘I PREMIERE

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YEAR: 2022
RUN TIME: 88 Minutes
LANGUAGE: English, Chinese
SUBTITLES: English

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