Zafè Fatra (The Affair of Trash)

Kendy Vérilus

Rebecca Dirksen

Leah Gordon



2013
Video 9'

 Intimately linked to poverty, insecurity in health, political uncertainty and structural violence, Trash  is one of the most visible and dangerous challenges of Puerto Príncipe today. Pedestrians are frequently forced to traverse piles of garbage on their daily routes, and many Haitian citizens talk about politik fatra, a “garbage policy” that governs civic behavior in a surprising way. In particular, the problem of garbage has led to a distinct and growing musical style around garbage. The musical documentary Zafè Fatra (The Garbage Case) is a collaboration between a group of musicians, the Haitian filmmaker Kendy Vérilus and the musicologist Rebecca Dirksen.