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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