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Private Screening of 'Passage' at Bahamas House in London

H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner, hosted a private Screening of 'Passage' a short film by Bahamian Writer/Director Kareem Mortimer at Bahamas House in London on Wednesday 12 March 2014. Bahamian nationals, friends of The Bahamas and representatives from the London Diplomatic Community, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Foundation attended the screening which was followed by a Q&A with the Writer/Director and a Reception hosted by the High Commissioner.

High Commissioner Bethel welcomed guests to the 'Nassau Theatre' in London and offered congratulations to Kareem and encouraged him and all the other young Bahamian film makers to continue to tell the stories of The Bahamas.  High Commissioner Bethel commented "Tonight I want paraphrase the words of St Paul: If one Bahamian suffers, all suffer together; if one Bahamian is honoured, all rejoice together. And so tonight we rejoice with Kareem." 

'Passage' was one of five short films commissioned by Commonwealth Writers which premiered at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, UK in September 2013. The films, four dramas and one documentary focus on the themes of relationships, and explore migration, indigenous rights, barrel children, and same-sex relationships and are the culmination of the Commonwealth Shorts scheme to develop the craft of emerging film makers.  The film makers, from The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Kenya and New Zealand, have created work highlighting issues that affect them and their communities and will find striking parallels worldwide. Their films are produced in partnership with B3 Media and The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association/Worldview.

Synopsis 

A twenty-year-old Haitian woman, Sandrine and her thirteen year old brother Etienne are being transported from Haiti to the Bahamas in the hold of a dilapidated wooden vessel filled with several other immigrants in search of a better life. When her brother takes ill, she must use her smarts and strength to avoid him being thrown off the boat and save his life. 

Writer/Director Kareem Mortimer 

Kareem is a Bahamian filmmaker from the island of Nassau.  Over the past five years  he has won over 25 awards for his previous three film projects. Kareem has made short music documentaries for the syndicated show Hip Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground; and has written and directed the short  film Float that has won 5 festival awards and distribution in North America, Germany and Austria. Float received a US Broadcast premiere on LOGO. Moving Pictures Magazine crowned Float as one of five short films to look out for and Kareem a writer/director to watch.  Subsequently, he has directed the documentary I Am Not A Dummy and a debut feature film Children Of God. Children of God has won 18 awards, distributed in 24 territories, a theatrical release in the US and currently airing on SHOWTIME. Children of God was also named by BET as one of the top ten movies of the year and one of the top features to watch by The Independent Magazine. 

(L-R): Lucy Hannah, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation; Bahamian Writer/Director Kareem Mortimer; Mrs. Dawne Bethel; H.E. Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner; and Vijay Krishnarayan, Director, Commonwealth Foundation.  Photo Credit: BHC London