Director: Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque
Running Time: 52 min.
Zétwal, a documentary film, tells the story of local Martinican legend Robert Saint-Rose’s attempt to propel himself to outer space through the poetry of writer Aimé Césaire (1913 – 2008). In a contraption built from metal scraps, abandoned cars, and corrugated iron, Saint-Rose’s assent to space would be enabled not through fossil fuel or nuclear energy but by employing the artistic writings of the “superman” of black intellectualism, Césaire, to transcend the melancholia which beset Martinique. Saint-Rose was motived by the economic hardships resulting from departmentalization, which instigated riots on the island in the early 1970s.