Written by Karen Rollins

Panama Dreams: A Caribbean journey


On Saturday March 17th Barbados hosts the film premiere of ‘Panama Dreams: A Caribbean Journey’.

A docudrama by Barbadian filmmaker, writer and director Alison Saunders, Panama Dreams follows her personal journey, which began in 2011, as she searches for descendants of Prince Collymore, her ancestor who left Barbados in the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal.

Featuring Adrian Green as Prince, the film makes use of archive footage and photographs as well as contemporary images and interviews, to bring to life the story of over 40,000 Barbadians who went to Panama to build the canal.

Through the re-enacted story of Prince, the film demonstrates the perseverance and determination of Barbadians who left their family and friends behind to work in Panama, where they often faced racism and oppression.

Produced by Alison’s film company Blue Waters Production Inc, and supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the Port of Barbados Inc and the Arts and Sports Fund of the Barbados Government, the film was also partly crowdfunded via the Indiegogo website.

Panama Dreams will be shown at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre in Queen’s Park, Bridgetown at 8pm and there’ll be a Q&A immediately following the movie.

Tickets are $75 (Bds) and are available at all TicketPal locations as well as online at the TicketPal website.


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