Human Stories 52'

Eden Tribal

New Caledonia, October 2018. In the lead up to the country's independence referendum, a Kanak woman fights to preserve her culture, as well as the future of her tribe, Vieux-Touho.

This documentary goes beyond dressing her portrait. It also tells the story of a tribe and its members, as seen through the eyes of her soon-to-be chief: Maggy Thyem.

Is this community ready to welcome a woman as head of Its tribe? Filmed during the referendum, EDEN TRIBAL follows the daily tribulations of the Vieux-Touho clans, as they are faced with the need to transfer their customs in order to survive. The group also tackles social pressure and the ghosts of colonisation.

In their fight for a better future, their only way to shape their new geography and solve this ancestral conflict is to deal with both present and past issues.

Direction: Martin Jayet & Mathilde Lefort

Production: Box Fish Productions

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Indie Film Festival

    Award of Merit and Best Shorts Competition award

  • FIFO Films Festival

    Official selection

  • Doc Without Borders Film Festival

    Official selection

  • Ethnocineca

    Official selection

  • Festival Francophone du Film de Vienne

    Official selection

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