Sándor Lau, the Eagle Scout and Fulbright Scholar your mother warned you about walks 500km across New Zealand to discover why we spend our lives walking backwards, the weight of half a toothbrush and the number of footsteps to home. This is the promo for the film which is available in full on ConvergTV's Venture Channel or on Amazon as VOD or DVD. sandorlau.com
“If you want to know a place and its people, there’s nothing like walking it with your own two feet,” says Lau. “I was amazed by the hospitality of strangers who were always offering me rides, lodging, and the occasional joint. Of course I had to turn down the rides and the joints.”
In the film, Lau cuts his toothbrush handle in half to save weight, learns to cook pig heart in a rusty shovel and discovers the Maori understanding of why we spend our lives walking backwards, “but you’re going to have to watch the film to see that one. It’s hard to pin a genre on it. I’d call it a black comedy road trip documentary.”
The film traces his journey from Auckland to Cape Reinga, the northern tip of New Zealand, where Maori spirits jump off after death to rejoin their ancestors in the Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Lau believes himself to be the only Chinese-Hungarian-American-New Zealander, having grown up in Colorado with American parents of Chinese and Hungarian origin. He became a citizen of New Zealand in his time there and now holds dual US-NZ nationality.
Lau is now planning a new American adventure. In his forthcoming TV series and book, “Sándor’s Oregon Trail,” he plans to walk 2,000 miles in the footsteps of the pioneers from Missouri to Oregon. According to the writer and filmmaker, “The purpose of my life is to share great adventures with my seven billion closest friends.”