Director: CELINE ROUZET
The heart of Papua New Guinea, the Highlands, attract tourists in search of exoticism and also foreign oil companies. This is where tribes who are paid to dance gather every year and the place where a Huli family and their clan have agreed to sell their land to ExxonMobil. But the money never comes... Caught between rival tribes, greedy politicians and one of the world’s most powerful multinationals, they realize their land is being stolen from under their feet. A world quietly disappears while only a few kilometres away tourists take snap shots of dances that have become meaningless.
Celine Rouzet from 2011 turned to filmmaking and followed a training programme at EPSAA Ivry, participated in the Lussas documentary screenwriting residency and attended the Varan filmmaking workshops with Daniele Incalcaterra in Paris. In between shootings in Papua New Guinea, she joined the Fémis drama screenwriting workshop in 2017 to write here first drama feature. A Distant Thud In The Jungle is Céline’s first feature documentary.