Twinkl [Zétwal]

Director: Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque
Countries: Martinique
Year: 2008
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French


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.

About the Director

Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque

Biography: Gilles Elie Dit-Cosaque is a director, photographer, and graphic designer. He began in advertising as an art director for the agency Opera. For them he worked on campaigns for Swatch, Le Bon Marche, and the City of Paris. He continued his advertising job for MTV, making several short films and music videos, but he moved away from that. Since 1993, he has become a freelance art and film director. In 2000, he released a series of short films Kamo, which was broadcasted on RFO and from there Gilles Elie Dit-Cosaque had a major turning point in his career, by using his films as a way to provoke societal reforms. Prisca, a series of eight short films of 5 minutes, brought AIDS to the forefront in 2001 and 2002. Documentaries like My Grena and I, a film accompanied with a book and photo exhibition, and Overseas Overseas were shown with great reception. In 2003, he embarked on creating his own production company, The House Garage, to carry out his own personal projects.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Twinkl [Zétwal] (2012).

Kamo (2001);
Ma grena’ et moi (2004);
Outre-mer, Outre-tombe (2006);
Twinkl [Zétwal] (2008);
FDF/RMX (2008 – Jeff Descoubes, Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque);
La Liste des courses (2011).