After several years of research, Stephane Breton produces his second documentary on the people of a small valley in the New Guinea highlands. The filmmaker's approach is personal and intimate. He believes neither in the objectivity of the camera, nor the non-intrusive presence of a researcher among the people he studies. He found it impossible to be simply a transparent observer, someone who can watch what is going on without becoming part of the show. The author focuses on his relationship with the local people rather than on ethnographic description. Political circumstances will soon prevent him from returning to the field regularly, as he once had. HEAVEN IN A GARDEN is, therefore, his farewell to a research field, which had become his home, and to the people who had been his neighbors and friends for many years.
Director: Stéphane Breton