Devenir un homme en Mélanésie
Jérôme Segur
2003 - 52 min - Vidéo - Couleur - France

The perilous path of young boys who must submit to daunting rites of passage to become an adult. Success will give them a status and new responsibilities in their tribe. But that success is not guaranteed; if they fail, they will remain children in the eyes of their community. To achieve adulthood status, Junior and Charles, on the island of Kontu in Papua, must capture a shark using only a propeller rope, while Wabak, Sali and Telcon, on the Ile Pentecôte in Vanuata, must jump from the top of a wooden tower with creepers around their ankles. Two different ordeals for a common goal: to become a man... Will they succeed?

Author-Director : Jérôme Segur
Photography : Philippe Bigot, Jérôme Segur
Sound : Olivier Pioda, Jean-Baptiste Benoit
Editing : Françoise Berger Garnault
Delegate Producer : Zed (Zoo Ethnological Documentary)
Co-producer : Discovery Networks International
Broadcasting Co-producer : France 3
Broadcasting Co-producer : RAI 3 (Italie)
Broadcasting Co-producer : RTSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana)


Distributor : Zed Distribution


2003 - Festival International du film maritime, d'exploration et d'environnement, Toulon (France) : Mention Spéciale du Jury
2003 - Diagonale / Festival de films autrichiens, Graz (Autriche) : Prix du Camera Alpin in Gold