22-28 Sept 2021
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Children of God

Children of God

Jonny is a young Bahamian, a promising painter on scholarship at an arts college in Nassau. Lena is the wife of a rabidly homophobic pastor. Jonny is troubled: guilt-stricken over his sexuality, the recurring target of attacks by a gang, and alienated from his alcoholic father. Meanwhile, Lena’s apparently perfect family life seems about to fall apart. To try and reconnect with his artistic gift Jonny heads to picturesque Eleuthera, while Lena goes there to collect signatures for an anti-gay rights petition.

On Eleuthera Jonny meets the charming Romeo, as Lena is drawn to the soft-spoken, compassionate Reverend Clyde. Through these life-shifting encounters, Jonny and Lena find themselves coming to a fuller understanding of who they are, a realisation that will have unsettling consequences. As poignant as it is provocative, Children of God is a brave and beautiful exploration of the search for acceptance—of one’s self, of others—in an often brutally intolerant world.

Children of God (2009)


The Bahamas






Kareem Mortimer

Kareem Mortimer

Kareem Mortimer

Born in 1981, Kareem Mortimer has been in filmmaking since the age of 17. A writer, director and producer, he has worked on a number of award-winning documentaries both in the US and his native Bahamas. Children of God is his first feature length narrative film. His follow-up feature, Windjammers, is in production.

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