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A Distant Thud In The Jungle

  • 1h 25m
  • Céline Rouzet
  • Belgium, France
  • 2021

In Papua New Guinea’s frenzied, forgotten highlands, a tribe of shareholders lives out of sight. When time catches up and modernity starts to set in, the Wabiria family and clan make a decision to trade their traditional lands to ExxonMobil for royalties.   

As the ink dries, they find themselves faced with jealous neighbours, greedy politicians and the ire of one of the most powerful corporations in the world. Consequently, they start to feel the ground slipping out from under their feet. 


Tourists point their cameras on dances that have lost their meaning. And a world is disappearing without a sound. 
Céline Rouzet, Wallonie Bruxelles Images 

This film is part of our Around the World in Nine Films Category, proudly presented by RNZ.


Céline Rouzet


Olivier Aknin



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