Last night, the Bahamas International Film Festival got underway. Opening the festival was the local feature Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer. The film follows the fate of two characters: Jonny, a young white Bahamian artist suffering from depression and who is in danger of losing his scholarship at a local university, and Lena, a middle-aged anti-gay activist. Both head to the island of Eleuthera where their paths cross, and their lives are irrevocably changed.
The early word is that the screening was a hit–at least, that’s the word of Maria Govan, Kareem’s fellow Bahamian filmmaker, and the director of Rain, the film that opened this year’s ttff. According to Maria: “Last night was an amazing one! Another Bahamian film that will live in the world in such a powerful way! So much to be proud of Kareem!!!”
(Alright, so not exactly an in-depth review of the film, but Maria’s enthusiasm at another Bahamian filmmaker getting a feature film out there is certainly understandable.)
Hopefully we’ll get more critical feedback on Children of God soon. In the meanwhile, you can see a thorough video interview with Kareem Mortimer here.
And, finally, we at the ttff join with Maria in congratulating Kareem on his success.