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Kareem J. Mortimer’s ‘Cargo’ world premiere to happen at Miami Film Festival


V“Cargo,” a heartfelt feature film written and directed by Kareem J. Mortimer, one of the most prolific filmmakers in The Bahamas, will have its world premiere at Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival’s 34th edition, opening today through March 12.

“Cargo,” written, developed, and produced in The Bahamas, is the biggest undertaking by a Bahamian filmmaker to date. The film, based on the 10 time award-winning short film “Passage,” also written and produced by Mortimer, is the story of a fisherman whose income proves woefully insufficient to cover his sons school fees and provide basic care for his family. As a result, the sensitive fisherman turns to human smuggling in order to raise desperately needed funds. The film, inspired by true events, examines the world’s refugee and immigration crisis from a very local perspective.

“We are thrilled to have the world premiere of ‘Cargo’ at Miami Film Festival since immigration and human trafficking are a topic of concern not only in this city, but the world,” said Mortimer. “We feel the audience will be able to connect with this film as well as provide a platform for discussion of our current political landscape.”

The film is produced by Best Ever Film, an enterprise engaged in the development, production and distribution of feature films. It was co-founded in 2013 by Mortimer and Alexander I. Younis, producer of “Cargo” and successful Austrian entrepreneur and artist.

“Our primary objective was to create a film that resonates globally,” said Younis. “We wanted to ignite conversation about the future of humanity and I believe we reached our goal with ‘Cargo’.”

“Cargo” will hold its world premiere on Sunday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at Regal South Beach, Theater 17, located at 1120 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach.

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival (MDC) is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 world, international, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October the Festival hosts a mid-season festival titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works.

For more information about “Cargo,” visit cargo-the-movie.com or follow “Cargo” on social media via Facebook.

Kareem J. Mortimer is a Bahamian filmmaker, theater director, curator and video artist with global recognition. Over the past five years he has won over 30 awards for his film projects, and his work has been distributed in 52 countries. His work includes the shorts: Float, She, Chance and Passage; Documentaries: The Eleutheran Adventure, I Am Not A Dummy and Chartered Course; and the Feature Films: Children of God and Cargo. His video art includes the films: Where I’m At, Back to Nassau, The Naked Truth and TRANSient. His theater directing work includes Pastor’s Little Problem and Clybourne Park. Kareem has also served as a producer on Brigidy Bram, Full Circle, When A Man Dreams Dreams and Where I’m From. He has also produced for the television shows Hip Hop Nation: Notes from The Underground and Extraordinary Cuisine. He is currently the curator of the Film Program at The Island House Cinema and the Co-Founder and Chairman of Best Ever Film, a production company where he is currently in development for his next feature film.

 

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