Moving Parts

Zhenzhen is smuggled to the island of Trinidad where her brother Wei works construction.

Zhenzhen is smuggled into Trinidad and is threatened upon her arrival—she has to pay more money to enter into the country. Her brother Wei, who is working on the island in construction, intervenes and promises to pay her debt. Wei finds Zhenzhen a job at a Chinese restaurant where she crosses paths with Evelyn, a well educated, upper middle class Afro-Trinidadian, who has recently moved back to Port of Spain and runs an art gallery next to the restaurant. Wei tries to get an advance from his employer, Logan, but is unsuccessful. Zhenzhen becomes desperate and asks her employer, Mrs. Liu for the money, who agrees to give her an advance, but makes Zhenzhen promise she will work it off. Help comes unexpectedly from Evelyn—but the contrast of the dark rooms above the restaurant and the white gallery walls, calls everyone’s innocence into question.


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Moving Parts (2017)

Feature (77mins) Narrative Drama


Trinidad and Tobago


English | Mandarin




Rhonda Chan Soo


Emilie Upczak


Emilie Upczak


Valerie Tian, Kandyse McClure, Jacqueline Chan, Jay Wong, Godfrey Wei, Keevan Chang On, Nickolai Salcedo, Stephen Hadeed Jr, Arnold Goindhan, Conrad Parris, Sanjiv Boodhu, Kongshiek Achong Low, Nicholas Emery, Dru Castiglione, Yussuff Clarke, Rachelle Hay, Peter Louis, Juliet Beresford.

Emilie Upczak

Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, she spent ten years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also worked in the local film industry as the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of developing the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart. Emilie returned to Colorado to release her debut narrative feature, Moving Parts, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to play to receptive audiences internationally.

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