86 min., Documentary, Québec, Canada, 2021
Directed byEmanuel Licha
Produced byEmanuel Licha | Les Films de l'Autre
LanguagesFrench, Haitian creole
Short descriptionIn Port-au-Prince, a humanitarian aid organization’s 4x4 vehicle has been hacked: its Haitian passengers now use it to talk about neocolonialism and to denounce the promises of the international community that were made and never kept. Outside, barricades are erected, and the people cry out in anger.
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Zo reken (“shark bone”) is the nickname given in Haiti to the Toyota Land Cruiser, a powerful 4×4 vehicle popular among the humanitarian aid organizations that are omnipresent in the country since the 2010 earthquake.

Ten years later, as the country is once more in turmoil and under a strict lockdown, a zo reken has been hacked and transformed into a mobile space for encounters and discussion among Haitians. Foreign aid workers are no longer allowed on board. The driver leads the conversation with his passengers, all citizens of Port-au-Prince, as he tries to make his way between the barricades and the demonstrations. They talk about the state of the country, about neocolonialism and humanitarian aid, and anger is mounting. They’re angry at the president who lost the people’s confidence, frustrated by the international community that made promises that were never kept, and desperate to see the end of the violence against the most vulnerable.

zo reken is a road movie and a machine that makes them speak.



Written and directed by Emanuel Licha

Cinematography : Étienne Roussy

Editing : Ariane Pétel-Despots

Sound Design : Catherine Van Der Donckt

Sound Mix : Benoît Dame

Music : David Drury

Sound Recording : Catherine Van Der Donckt

Cast : Pascal Antoine


Emanuel Licha

Initially trained in urban geography, and then visual arts, Emanuel Licha is an artist and filmmaker. His films focus on specific spatial and architectural objects, leading to a reading of the features of the urban landscape as so many social, historical, and political signs. His film installations featured in major art institutions worldwide, and his short films Mirages (2009) and How Do We Know What We Know? (2011) were screened internationally in film festivals. His first feature-length documentary, Hotel Machine (2016), premiered at Cinéma du réel at the Centre Pompidou and won various prizes, including les Étoiles de la SCAM, at the FiDLAb and at DokLeipzig. zo reken is his second feature-length documentary film.



Hotel Machine, 2016, 67 min. Documentaire de création

How do we know what we know ?, 2011, 18 min. Documentaire de création

Mirages, 2010, 20 min. Documentaire de création

R for Real, 2008, 9 min. Installation vidéo

War Tourist, 2004-08, 98 min. Installation vidéo

Preparing for Serious Events, 2007, 3 min. Installation vidéo

Memorial, 2006, 4 min. Vidéo

Tlatelolco (Same Old Story), 2005, 3 min. Vidéo

Green, Green Grass of Home, 2002, 19 min. Installation vidéo

In & Out, 2003, 4 min. Installation vidéo


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