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Scars Of our Mothers' Dreams

Scars Of Our Mothers' Dreams is a short documentary that offers a unique, intimate glimpse into the complexities of parental migration.

Growing up with absentee mothers on the island of Grenada, three people recount their emotional stories of abandonment, psychological damage and the attempts to reconnect with their estranged parents who migrated abroad for work.

  • Meschida Philip
  • Meschida Philip
  • Meschida Philip
  • Dominique Remy, co-producer
  • Anthony D. Bridgeman
    Key Cast
  • Natasha LaMothe
    Key Cast
  • Melissa Jeremiah
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Third Horizon Film Festival
    United States
    September 30, 2017
Director Biography - Meschida Philip

Meschida Philip is a Grenadian/American filmmaker. Her current directorial work includes a short documentary on parent-child separation as a consequence of migration entitled “Scars of our Mothers’ Dreams.” She has her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in film degree from The City College of New York with a concentration on Documentary Filmmaking. She freelances with different production house including CaFA as a program liaison assisting with securing and promoting Caribbean Films throughout the Caribbean Diaspora.

Meschida is an activist that is primarily interested in social issues affecting Caribbean families and communities, including immigration, education, children/women’s rights and children/human trafficking. Armed with her degree and a knack for storytelling, she uses film and photography as her medium to give light to those issues.

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Director Statement

Imagine yourself as a child running home from school to tell your mommy about your day and she’s not there. Your grandmother or the next-door neighbor tells you “your mommy has gone foreign and she will be back soon”. However, soon turns into years, your childhood also passes before you ever get the chance to hug your mommy and tell her what you wanted to say all those years.

For years, the Caribbean Diaspora has contributed to the global migrant population in developed countries, as a vehicle to improve both economic opportunities and quality of life for their families. The phenomenon of parental flight from the Caribbean has not only created a shift in the responsibility of caregivers throughout the Caribbean, but it has also increased the number of children left behind to grow up in a world apart from their parents, duration of the separation ranges from temporary to indefinite.

With Grenada as the frame of reference, this film considers whether parental migration induces childhood trauma and the sociological and psychological impact on the children left behind. The film dares to pose the question, how do they fare as adults having experienced separation by immigration. Grenadian immigrants are seldom overshadowed by migrants from larger islands; however, our families alike are greatly impacted and burdened with deep-seated emotional scars – never to be healed. Our mothers also are oftentimes employed as caregivers (nannies, babysitters, nurses) for other children, while we (their children) are left in the care of surrogate parents (grandparents, aunts, older siblings, sometimes strangers).

My initial goal in making "Scars of our Mothers’ Dreams” was to share my personal story of how my life was impacted during the seven-year separation from my mother and the challenges I endured after our reunification in America. However, I quickly realize that my story was only a small fraction of a greater universal issue. Parental migration leaves a strong impression on children and I want my audience to gain some insight into other complexities which are often times not discuss or overshadow by the financial gains and opportunities for families of migrant individuals. Needless to say, I hope my film will start to engage in-depth discussions and further targeted research in relations to the sociological, psychological and emotional development impact parental migration has on the children left behind and also suggest effective coping mechanism for families affected within the Grenadian migratory community and by extension the Caribbean region and other regions globally plagued with similar experiences. With this goal in mind, I present my film "Scars of our Mothers’ Dreams".

Meschida Philip