On the night of August 14, 1791, a Vodou ritual took place in Bois-Caïman that became the precursor to a mass uprising against slavery and led to the birth of Haiti, the world’s first Black independent republic. Since then, ceremonies of artistic and religious expression have been a mainstay of Haitian culture and its resistance to external oppression, poverty, and natural disasters.
Working hand in hand with local dancers, musicians, fishermen, daredevil rollerbladers, and priests, this documentary feature provides a sensory immersion into these sacred rites. Set to the rhythms of the Lakou Mizik group and Joseph Ray and the poetry of Wood-Jerry Gabriel, KITE ZO A: Leave the Bones is an intoxicating creative and spiritual experience.
70 minutes, HD/16mm, Haiti/Canada, Language: Haitian Creole
Producers: Kaveh Nabatian, Zach Niles, Joseph Ray
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Kaveh Nabatian
Writer/Narrator: Wood-Jerry Gabriel