Should we put an end to cooperation ?
In October 2021, during an Africa-France Summit, Ragnimwendé Eldaa Koama, an entrepreneur from Burkina Faso, spoke out on behalf of an entire continent: "Development aid has been going around in Africa for almost a century. It doesn't work. (...) Development aid enslaves people". Why put an end to cooperation? A debate brought back to the forefront by the lack of change and the fact that the issue can be extended to the rest of the world. The documentary Zo Reken illustrates the frustration of the Haitian population with an international aid strategy considered as colonialist, inefficient and self-centred. How can we establish healthy and constructive collaborations rather than vertical aid schemes that subjugate the population while easing the conscience of donor nations? The floor is given to intellectuals and entrepreneurs from the African continent, the most strongly affected by the issue, as well as specialists in the economics of development.
Sunday 6 March
Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle
sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening
Followed by the debate Should we put an end to cooperation ?
French - English
Co-presented with TV5Monde
Uzodinma Iweala Director of The Africa Center, sociologist, filmmaker, author of Beasts of No Nation
Ragnimwendé Eldaa Koama Entrepreneur, lecturer and founder of IMPROV'YOU and Association Fenêtre d'Afrique
Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Gilles Carbonnier Professor of Development Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC)
Dominique Tchimbakala Journalist, TV5MONDE
To go further
This debat is preceded by the movie:
By Emanuel Licha
Zo reken (shark bone) is the nickname given in Haiti to the Land Cruiser, a vehicle favoured by the omnipresent NGOs since the 2010 earthquake. Ten years later, in a country in full eruption, a zo reken is transformed into a space for discussion between Haitians. The driver talks to the passengers as he makes his way through the barricades and demonstrations. They talk about the state of the country, neo-colonialism and humanitarian aid. Anger is rising...
- Section Compétition - Grand Reportage & Films en VOD
- Original language(s) French & Haïtian Creole
- Subtitle(s) French & English
- Emanuel Licha
- Les Films du 3 Mars
- Les Films de l'Autre
- Etienne Roussy
- David Drury
- Catherine Van Der Donckt
- Ariane Pétel-Despots
- Production country
- Swiss Premiere