The riding of waves has likely existed since humans first began swimming in the ocean. And while the art of surfing, and standing up on what is now called a surfboard, hails originally from Hawaii, and was first described by Joseph Banks as far back as 1779, it was popularized by American pop culture starting at the beginning of the Twentieth Century.
From there, it spread to the world: including the traditionally calm, clear, blue water of the Mediterranean. And Peninsula, the new fantastic movie by the creators of Onde Nostre, is a documentary about surfing in Italy, its history and its present state.
It portrays Italian surfing though the exploration of large swathes of the Italian coastline and describes the passion and dedication of the people that made and are still making what is the Italian surf scene today. Because surfing is not an all-American phenomenon: although our sea is not a tidal ocean, it offers a great variety of types of coast, and a committed culture of surfers who get to enjoy it all on their own.
Peninsula was shot over more than two years around all of Italy, using only actual film footage, and incorporating exclusive and unseen archival material provided by Italian surfing pioneers, with some vintage archive clips dating as far back as the mid-1970s.
In the words of director and producer Luca Merli: “Peninsula is the tale of a journey”.
Peninsula will be shown at the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, on the 6th and 23rd of July.
Info on www.block10.it/peninsula