Becoming a Man in Melanesia 52' by Jérôme Ségur


"Becoming a Man in Melanesia" follows the epic ordeals of two young men who live on separate islands. And though they will never meet each other, they share a common, singular goal : to make the difficult passage into manhood. Each will face a grueling initiation ritual.

To achieve this adult status in Melanesia, Junior from Kontu island in Papua has to capture a shark armed only with a lasso and a propeller, whereas Wabak from Pentecost island in Vanuatu has to jump from a wooden tower, his ankle bound with thick vines…

Two ordeals, each with the same goal : becoming a man!


Direction: Jérôme Ségur

Production: ZED for France Télévisions

Genre: Human Stories

Available versions: French, Brazilian Portuguese, Castellano, Neutral Spanish, English


Graz Film Festival (Austria)
Camera Alpin in Gold Prize
Export Award
International Film Festival of Toulon (France)
Special Jury Mention

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