Dream Deferred
Thesis MFA Project

This short documentary follows my mother’s first return to rural San Fernando, Trinidad after immigrating to Baltimore, Maryland 31 years ago. She arrived at 12 years old with the matriarchs of her family in the midst of a tumultuous war on drugs in one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in West Baltimore with the hopes of achieving economic stability. Due to limited job opportunities on the island in the 1980s moving to America at the direction of her grandmother appeared to be the best option of the family, but subsequent years of housing insecurity, emotional trauma from moving to a neighborhood grappling with the effects of the crack epidemic, and predatory housing policies call into question the validity of the American Dream.