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Sándor's New Zealand Trail/Behaviours of the Backpacker

Sándor Lau walks 500km across New Zealand backwards into the future.

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Sándor's New Zealand Trail/Behaviours of the Backpacker trailer New Zealand

Overview

Genre
Adventure, Cultural History, Foreign Worlds, Minorities, and Personal Doc
Synopsis

In “Sándor’s New Zealand Trail,” Sándor Lau, the Eagle Scout and Fulbright Scholar your mother warned you about, walks 500km alone from Auckland to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s geographic and spiritual tip. This black comedy road trip documentary records the stories of backpackers from around the world, organic farmers, hostel owners, tour operators, Maori communities, and the filmmaker himself. On his journey, Sándor discovers the weight of a toothbrush handle, why we spend our lives walking backwards and the number of footsteps to home.

“Sándor’s New Zealand Trail” has been an official selection in film festivals around the world and originally aired on Television New Zealand. It was originally released in New Zealand as “Behaviors of the Backpacker.”

Stage
finished
Running time
53 and 44 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Sandor Lau Creations
Country
New Zealand
Years of Production
2003
Locations
Auckland, Northland, New Zealand.

Distribution Details

Release year
2003
Festivals
Raetihi Film Festival (New Zealand) Bali International Film Festival (Indonesia), Wet West Film Fest, Boulder Adventure Film Festival (USA), NY Hawaiian Film Festival, Asia Film Festival NZ, Wairoa Maori Film Festival (NZ), Eugene Celebration Film Fest US
Awards
Bali International Film Festival (Bali, Indonesia) 2004, nominated—Sarasvati International Film Award
Broadcast (Acq.)
TVNZ, Maori TV (NZ), the Venture Channel (US), The Documentary Channel (US)
Language
English (occasional Maori)

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