Karen Martinez

Trinidad & Tobago | 2013 | 20 mins

AFTER MAS is a new short film from London-based Trinidadian filmmaker Karen Martinez. It tells the story of a love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during the festival of J’ouvert on the streets of Port-of-Spain. Shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires?

A richly textured film about identity, desire and conformity, After Mas had its world premiere at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in September 2013 where it picked up the Best Local Short award.

About Karen

KAREN MARTINEZ is a dual national UK/Trinidad & Tobago filmmaker, with a degree in Film, Video & Photographic Arts from The University of Westminster, London. 

After university, Karen worked in Trinidad for a number of years producing and directing several Caribbean TV series, including the popular Gayelle, as well as Body Beat, which both won National Media Awards.

Later, Karen returned to the UK and directed two documentaries: Kaiso For July 27, for the Channel 4 series ‘South’, which looked at Trinidad and Tobago one year after an attempted muslim coup, using calypso to help explore the story; and Chutney in yuh Soca, for the Channel 4 music series Black Trax, about an Indian-soca musical hybrid in the Caribbean.

More recently, she made a short film about a theatre project that works with trafficked women called Marginal Voices and the lyrical film Dark and Unaccustomed Words based on the work of British/Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo.

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