Dreams in Transit

Karen Martinez
Trinidad & Tobago/UK |2015
29 mins

Dreams in Transit is a poetic, cine-essay style documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and belonging for contemporary migrants. The narrator, a London-based Trinidadian, returns to the Caribbean to explore the meaning of ‘home’ and where it is that both migrants and non-migrants might be said to ‘belong’. Using a kaleidoscopic collage approach the film mixes actuality, poetry, narration, fiction, and interviews with a range of people: from fishermen to artists and cultural commentators. Interwoven throughout is a meditative narration that finds inspiration from the poets Derek Walcott and Martin Carter, as well as the presence of a mysterious ‘dream woman’.

Perhaps identity is not so much a fact but a production, which is never complete, always in process.

Dreams in Transit was shot in both Trinidad & Tobago and London, UK, with an evocative musical score by renowned composer Dominique Le Gendre and the narration voiced by London-based Trinidadian actor, Martina Laird. The film was produced by Riposte Pictures.

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