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Bahamian Short Film on Human Smuggling Gets International and Local Support
Apr 3, 2013 - 3:22:10 PM

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A scene from "Passage" by Kareem Mortimer of The Bahamas

The Commonwealth Foundation in Association with B3 Media and CBA Worldview has provided funding for Bahamian filmmaker’s Kareem Mortimer’s short film on Human smuggling entitled Passage. The film has also received support from local corporations such as BTC, Royal Bank of Canada, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the National Endowment for The Arts.

Passage is a film about a 20- year old woman  being smuggled from the Bahamas to the United States  in the hold of the ship who must hide the fact that her adolescent brother is ill to avoid him being thrown off.  The film was completed this year and is expected to have a world premiere at an international film festival this summer. The Commonwealth foundation held a launch of the programme in February at a private event in Auckland New Zealand where Mortimer and five other filmmakers were introduced to the local and international film industry in New Zealand. The other filmmakers include  Barbados, Canada, New Zealand and Kenya.

Lucy Hannah, of the Commonwealth Foundation is a statement says ‘These films are the result of many months’ hard work by five emerging film-makers from across the Commonwealth. As well as being accomplished pieces in their own right, each film highlights an important issue which affects its writer and their community in some way. Commonwealth Writers is excited to be able to share these films internationally to bring these new voices to a wider audience.’

Mortimer  has plans on shooting a feature version of this film next year and closely working with international producers to attach accomplished actors for the feature. “ “This project is one of global importance  and ultimately a film with a great deal of integrity. It has pushed me into a world that needs to have voice and I am excited to see it go out into the world.”

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