The Streets of Port-au-Prince Speak Out in ‘Zo Reken,’ Winner of Hot Docs’ Best Canadian Feature Award

The Streets of Port-au-Prince Speak Out in ‘Zo Reken,’ Winner of Hot Docs’ Best Canadian Feature Award
Montreal filmmaker Emanuel Licha’s new film—which won the juried award for best Canadian feature at Hot Docs—takes its title from the nickname Haitians have given the Toyota Land Cruiser, a popular mode of transportation among the humanitarian aid organizations ubiquitous in the country since the 2010 earthquake.

In “Zo Reken,” which means “shark bones,” a four-by-four becomes a kind of mobile confessional, as a driver navigates through barricades, demonstrations, and daily life of the Port-au-Prince streets while passengers urgently discuss the state of the nation, the president, neocolonialism, and humanitarian aid.

“Emanuel Licha uses cinematic metaphor to evoke the dignity of a people and the human trap that is the international aid industrial complex,” wrote the jury in the official statement about its decision. “[The film’s] minimalist controlled tableaus and carefully chosen conversations provide an unflinching gaze at the violent, often self-defeating consequences of foreign aid.”

In a conversation Friday,
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