Zo reken ("shark bone") is the nickname given in Haiti to the Toyota Land Cruiser, a powerful all-terrain vehicle, very popular with international humanitarian organizations that have been present in the country since the 2010 earthquake. Ten years later, in a country in turmoil and more blocked than ever, a zo reken is diverted from its usual use to become a mobile space for meetings and discussions between Haitians. No more foreign humanitarian workers are allowed to get on board. The driver carries on a conversation with his passengers, all citizens of Port-au-Prince, as he tries to make his way through the barricades and the demonstrations. They talk about the state of the country, about neo-colonialism and humanitarian aid, and the anger rises: against the president in place who has lost the confidence of the population, against the unfulfilled promises of aid from the international community, and against the violence suffered by the most vulnerable. Zo reken is a road movie and a talking machine.
Initially trained in urban geography, then in visual arts, Emanuel Licha is an artist and filmmaker. His films focus on specific spatial and architectural objects, leading him to consider objects in the urban landscape as social, historical and political indices. His filmic installations have been shown in numerous museum institutions around the world and Hotel Machine (2016), his first feature-length creative documentary, premiered in competition at Cinéma du réel at the Centre Pompidou, and won various awards. Zo reken is his second feature-length creative documentary.
A film by Emanuel Licha
Canada, Haiti, France / French, Haitian Creole / 2021 / Duration: 1h16
Emanuel Licha - March 3 Films
Hot Docs 2021- Toronto, Canada, Best Canadian Documentary Award
WHERE TO SEE THE MOVIE?
AT THE TRANSPORTATION CAMP
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Available on Tuesday, October 11, 2022
In French Guiana - Overseas - Haiti