In the heart of Papua New Guinea, the Highlands, which attract tourists in search of exoticism, has also attracted 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 in their quest for modernity 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 kilometers away tourists take snapshots of dances that have become meaningless.
In a remote village in Papua New Guinea, Exxon Mobil, the largest US oil company starts building a factory to develop natural gas and the modernization frenzy begins. Greediness twisted the relationship of the tribes and turned the once friendly tribes even into a killer for a job. The government is corrupted and people are blinded by money. And the powerless people among them are losing their humanity. A French director Céline Rouzet witnessed what’s happening on this beautiful island and decided to film it. What does development mean to these people and what is modernization to them? We also risked everything to develop this country in the past, so the scenes are not new to us. It is more than just bitter to watch them, the film is asking the question “what humans live for?” (CHUN Jinsu)
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