Panama Dreams

Panama Dreams

Panama Dreams transports the viewer on filmmaker Alison Saunders’ modern-day search for descendants of an ancestor who left Barbados in the early 1900s to build the Panama Canal – one of the seven wonders of the modern world. After five years of creating compelling re-enactments and collecting archival film and photos, as well as contemporary images and interviews, she tells a larger, poignant story of strength, endurance and sacrifice and uncovers troubling issues of race, class and power that face descendants of those canal workers in Panama, the West Indies, the USA and Cuba today.


Panama Dreams


Alison Saunders

Year of Release:






Type / Genre:

Documentary Feature


75 minutes


All Ages


  • Fri 22 Sept, 12.00pm, UWI Film Programme
  • Mon 25 Sept, 11.00am, MovieTowne POS Screen 8 Q+A

T+T Premiere

About the Director(s):

Alison Saunders

Alison Saunders

Alison Saunders, a Trinidadian/Barbadian, is the writer/director/executive producer of Hit For Six!, shot in Barbados and Trinidad. The first film commercially exported from Barbados, it was shown around the world and listed among the Top Ten Movies Based on Cricket by IMDB. Saunders also created, directed and produced the reality show for entrepreneurs Bank on ME, shown in Barbados, the region and North America. She is currently producing a TV series on a home makeover for a deserving family.

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