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Dir. Maria Khan
UK. 2017. 110 Mins. English.
A comprehensive historical exploration of immigration and race relations in the UK’s African-Caribbean community, Di Journey follows the dramatic multi-generational mobilisation of the British Caribbean people to settle in and change modern Britain. It’s also a story about the rebellious spirit and important cultural contribution of this community to a uniquely vibrant and diverse London and Albion. Prominent intellectuals, academics, life-long activists and artists discuss the colonisation of Jamaica up to the present day issues faced by the Black British community, alongside the personal existential experience, told through the stories of four members from three generations of a London Jamaican family – the Baileys.
Followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew.
Maria Khan (by birth Maria Popova) was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1984. After one year of cinema studies in the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts of Bulgaria, she relocated to Madrid (Spain), where she graduated in Film and TV Directing at TAI (University School for Audio Visual Arts and Performance) in 2006. Her final degree project was the 35mm short film La Sagrada Familia, screened at the Yelmo Cineplex Ideal Cinema of Madrid. Among the companies she has worked for are VEO TV and Havas Media, where she started developing her skills and gained experience both in post-production and advertising, working on several projects for Snickers, Benetton and Orange among others.
In 2010 Maria Khan directed the awarded documentary Vidas Transexuales, produced by GAG NGO and the Barcelona City Council. The documentary was followed by the public awareness campaign Set Joves, also directed by Maria Khan, where she wrote the screenplay, and carried out the post-production. In 2014 was the premiere of her second documentary: The Elderly LGBT Folk, which takes place in Boliche Cinemas Barcelona. Between 2015 and 2017 Maria Khan directed Lluitadores and Di Journey, both documentaries on civil rights. Meanwhile she participated in two photography exhibitions: The Sofia Pride Fest photo exhibition in Bulgaria and Rata Corner Miradas Queer event in Mallorca.