A young translator from a small Haitian city considers his future.
Should he stay in the community where he grew up,
or join the exodus abroad in search of other opportunities?
Saint-Marc is a small city tucked into the western coastline of Haiti. It’s bright, hot; the sun reaches everywhere. Everyone seems to spend their days outside, selling jeans and kites on the street, calling out to passing friends, working through daily challenges. It's a peaceful city—everyone knows each other.
But things aren’t easy.
Roads are unfinished; trash burns in vacant lots. On a good day, the city operates on four hours of electricity.
Dodo, an entrepreneurial young translator, considers his next move. The lack of infrastructure makes working or building a business here difficult, and many of Dodo’s friends are leaving Haiti for better work opportunities and a more comfortable life elsewhere.
But Dodo feels drawn to stay in Saint-Marc. He feels a connection to the Haiti he's come to know: the failures of the state to address the needs of its citizens; the attempts by outsiders to influence the direction of the country; the beauty and history and idiosyncrasy animating every place he's been.
As he discovers hidden places in Saint-Marc and throughout the countryside, Dodo reflects on the past and imagines what the future could look like for himself and for the city he loves.