Crocodile Smile by Pieter Retief and Jonathan Pinkhard documents and exposes to the world not just a fragment of the underrepresented, underappreciated skate scene of Lagos, Nigeria, but also one particular, arguably crazy D.I.Y. enterprise that is speaking of a universal language: the one of environmental creativity, and repurposing of forgotten, if not taboo spaces. In this case, we are talking going to the island of Tarkwa Bay (which is under military rule) with a handful of pre-made concrete ledges, and the fierce and yet so uncertain hope of building more once on location, carrying all the materials by boat and resulting in the start of a D.I.Y. spot and community.
The film will take you on a journey through the local steel and wood markets, the purchasing of the materials and the transportation by boat to the island of Tarkwa Bay. On the island, the skaters will build a small quarter pipe, spend the night camping and then skate the new D.I.Y. as the sun rises. The film will leave the audience wanting more. The island destination should draw you in and the evolution of the spot should be on your mind.