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(PHOTOS) 'Children of God' opens Bahamas International Film Festival
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Dec 13, 2009 - 7:29:02 PM

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Paradise Island, Bahamas -- The Bahamas International Film Festival got underway last night with a world premiere screening of "Children of God" a film by Bahamian Kareem Mortimer.

The screening took place at the Atlantis Theater to a full audience. Residents of Nassau can see the film over the next week - check the BIFF schedule.

Founder and Executive Directory of BIFF, Leslie Vanderpool opened the Festival and welcomed the visiting film makers saying Film Festival are all about 'dreams'.  Giving remarks at the opening screening was the Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Brent Symonette; Director General of Ministry of Tourism, Vernice Walkine; and representative from Atlantis. The audience was treated to a pre-recorded message by Bahamian actor Sir Sidney Poitier.

After the screening the film maker, and his entire team and cast took to the stage to field questions from the audience.

The night progressed to the Atlantis for the opening night gala at the
Royal Towers Great Hall of Water where ICandy Swimwear was featured on beautiful models standing in the water, and  guests were entertained by Bahamian singer, Ithalia Johnson.

The cast of 'Children of God' stand for a photo with Bahamian film maker Kareem Mortimer (center) Photo: AshHenderson.com

Founder and Executive Director of BIFF, Leslie Vanderpool; Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods; and Director General, Bahamas Tourism, Vernice Walkine. Photo: AshHenderson.com

CHILDREN OF GOD is the religious concept that human beings are regarded by God as his children, and is used by Christians to refer to human divinity. It is the story of two individua Boldls who learn that in order to live a truly happy life you have to risk speaking and acting on your true feelings. Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobia, this film tells the story of Jon, a white Bahamian artist who faces losing his scholarship at a local University and Lena a conservative religious woman who is struggling with a crumbling marriage. Both escape city life in Nassau to the island of Eleuthera, where their worlds collide in a fashion that will surprise audiences.  The film was shot last summer entirely in the Bahamas in Nassau and Eleuthera.

The film stars Van Brown, Johnny Ferro, Mark Ford, Margaret Kemp, Stephen Tyrone Williams and a plethora of Bahamian cast.
"Film festivals are about dreams," said Leslie Vanderpool, Founder and Executive Director of BIFF on opening night. Photo: AshHenderson.com

Director General for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism welcomes the film makers to The Bahamas. Photo: AshHenderson.com

Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas and patron of BIFF gives remarks on opening night. Photo: AshHenderson.com

Bahamian film maker Kareem Mortimer speaks to the audience at the Atlantis Theater at the world premiere of his film, "Children of God". Photo: AshHenderson.com

The audience was treated to a pre-recorded message from Bahamian actor, Sir Sidney Poitier. Photo: AshHenderson.com

ICandy Swimwear of The Bahamas was featured at the opening night gala at Atlantis' Royal Towers Great Hall of Water. Photo: AshHenderson.com

The Royal Towers Great Hall of Water at Atlantis was a beautiful setting for patrons of BIFF. Photo: AshHenderson.com

Photos © www. ashhenderson.com
Ash Hrnderson Photography

The B ahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festival-goers with a diverse presentation of films from the Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout the Bahamas and the world.

For additional information please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com

Robbin Whachell interviewing the star of Children of God, Johnny Ferro. Stay tuned for upcoming video coverage by The Bahamas Weekly. Photo: AshHenderson.com

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