In the heart of Papua New Guinea, the highlands attract tourists in search of exoticism and foreign oil companies looking for new fields. This is where tribes paid to dress up for visitors gather every year. It’s also where, out of sight, a Huli family and their clan agreed to sell their land to ExxonMobil dreaming of modernity. While tourists point their cameras on dances that have lost their meaning, a few kilometres away, a world is quietly disappearing.
Presentation with the director
Celine Rouzet – started her career as a freelance journalist, reporting stories for Radio France, Le Monde Diplomatique and The Huffington Post among others. From 2011, she turned to filmmaking and followed various training programmes and workshops including the Fémis drama screenwriting workshop in 2017 in between shootings in Papua New Guinea. A Distant Thud In The Jungle is her first feature documentary.
140 km à l’ouest du paradis (A Distant Thud In The Jungle, 2021)