During his first international tour, Zemi, an up-and-coming Dominican rapper, faces the age-old battle between creative integrity and encompassing ambition. While external voices challenge his values, Zemi calls upon a powerful spirit to defend his truth.

This is film about a clash between self-discovery and the socioeconomic structures that merchandise and profit from the self. Which power dynamics come into play in the process of individuation? What does it mean to be who I am? To what extent do my beliefs, culture and history define me? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself for some time. I probably will never reach an absolute answer, however, both spirituality and music lay the foundations to explore them through both a postcolonial and postmodernist lens. Afro-Dominican traditional rhythms like Palos and contemporary Dembow bangers might bring us more reflections than expected about our past, present and future. And consequently, about ourselves.

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Image Caption: Featured image for ‘Zemi’. Image Caption: Featured image for ‘Zemi’.


Zemi (2023)

Short (15mins) Narrative Horror


United Kingdom


English, Spanish


No Rating


Libby Walker | Ariana Lebron


Dominic Crane


Víctor Arcturus Estrella


Fri 22 Sep 2023, 3.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

Sun 24 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

Tue 26 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

T+T Premiere

Dominic Crane

Dominic Crane

Dominic is an actor and filmmaker from Suffolk in the East of England. He directed his first short film “Zemi” in collaboration with fellow course mate Victor Arcturus Estrella whilst studying at the Royal Central of School of Speech and Drama.

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