UK film premiere and discussion
Dreams in Transit

Tue 6 Sept, 7 - 9pm

Rivington Place

London, UK


Join us for the UK premiere of award-winning director Karen Martinez's Dreams in Transit, a poetic documentary reflecting on the theme of identity and contemporary migration.

First screened to much acclaim at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in September 2015, the film is narrated by a Trinidadian based in London, who returns to the Caribbean to explore what 'home' and ‘belonging’ really mean for both migrants and non-migrants, particularly in the age of cheap air travel and Skype. The film uses a kaleidoscopic approach that mixes interviews, actuality, a meditative narration delivered by the actor Martina Laird and an evocative acoustic score by acclaimed London-based Trinidadian composer Dominique Le Gendre.

After the screening independent film and moving image curator Karen Alexander will be in discussion with director Karen Martinez.

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Director Statement

The subject of contemporary migrant identity — where do you call ‘home’ and where do you feel you ‘belong’ — is something that as a migrant from Trinidad to the UK I’ve often thought about. For people who travel back and forth between places, how do we define ourselves? If, after spending much of your lifetime living in another country, you still say I’m a Trinidadian or Nigerian, or Canadian, or Pakistani etc. What does that mean?

Dreams in Transit is a personal reflection around this subject using a hybrid, poetic style in order to shed a fresh light on these key questions.


Karen Martinez

Karen Martinez is a Trinidadian filmmaker based in London, UK. She has worked extensively in the film world both in the UK and the Caribbean. In 2013 she wrote and directed her first narrative fiction, After Mas, that won the Best Local Short award at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013 and was screened at a number of international festivals.  In 2013 Karen was selected for a filmmakers immersion workshop with the Argentinian filmmaker Julia Solomonoff . Following on from this she is writing a feature film script called Scattered, a road movie set in Trinidad and the UK. Dreams in Transit is her most recent film.

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander is an independent film and moving image curator, advisor and researcher. Her most recent curatorial project Black Atlantic Cinema Club screened this June 2016 in partnership with Autograph ABP and now tours U.K wide venues. She has worked with and for the Royal College of Art, the British Film Institute and a wide range of institutions and galleries, including Autograph ABP, Film London, the Independent Cinema Office, the Watershed Bristol, Tate and the Serpentine Gallery.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

The entrance is on the side of the building

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Rivington Place is fully accessible, with a lift and step free access to all areas of the building.
Please phone ahead to book a disabled parking bay, or if you would like to discuss your access needs: 020 7749 1240.

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