Le Jardin d'Abbo

Hidden behind an allotment garden complex in The Hague, lies a food forest of roughly 2 acres. It is Habbo Hovinga’s secret paradise, or as he himself so aptly calls it, his pariahdise. In more than 10 years he has transformed this piece of land into a true biotope full of edible plants.
To the outside world, Habbo appears to be a blunt prophet of doom, grumbling at the world around him, but in his own garden he turns into a caring and sensitive man with a strong will to fight for nature. He is an outsider with a sense of poetry. “I paint nature with my hands.” People told me to watch out for Habbo, but I’ve always wondered why. This is an ode to Le Jardin d’Abbo and everything it stands for. Or stood for.

  • Sabine Rovers
  • Habbo Hovinga
    Key Cast
  • Frank van Osch
    Het verdriet van carnaval, Boer Peer, Celibaat
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Le Jardin d'Abbo
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2023
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    0 EUR
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Director Biography - Sabine Rovers

Sabine Rovers (b. 1992, Ascot, UK) is a photographer and filmmaker based in The Hague. Her work is driven by a curiosity to discover, understand and connect with the world around her. From an open and optimistic perspective, she looks for intimate stories that help us slow down and (re-)connect to the basic, yet essential aspects of life that we tend to lose contact with in our modern society. Involvement and collaboration are key in her process, she prefers to make work with her subjects, instead of about them. Ultimately, Sabine hopes to share different perspectives and encourage new ways of seeing, connecting with and understanding the world we live in.

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