Paul Manly

2006, 60:00 minutes, Colour, English


Sombrio documents the end of a diverse community of surfers and squatters that existed on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island for more than thirty years, the last wild-west pioneer community. It captures some of the residents over a two year period and reveals their personal stories and convictions as they come to terms with their impending eviction. Sombrio is about a sense of place and brings together the threads of sustainable lifestyle, history and ownership of land, and the stories of creative individuals who dared to live by their passion, skills and ingenuity away from the consumer world.

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