Human Smuggling Drama 'Cargo' Filming in The Bahamas; Jimmy Jean-Louis, Persia White & Omar J. Dorsey Co-star
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Human Smuggling Drama 'Cargo' Filming in The Bahamas; Jimmy Jean-Louis, Persia White & Omar J. Dorsey Co-star

nullThere’s a brand new feature film in

production from “Children of God” (2011) writer/director Kareem J. Moritmer, who is once more filming in

his native Bahamas. 

Mortimer’s new film, "Cargo," is loosely based on his most

recent multi-award-winning short film "Passage," and explores the dangerous and pitiless world of human smuggling.

"Cargo" stars Warren Brown (BBC’s “Luther”) as a hapless Bahamian fisherman who gets

lured into smuggling illegal Haitian migrants through the Bahamas to the United

States in order to pay off a gambling debt and provide for his family. According to the film’s publicists, “It’s

a story about people who are struggling just to survive, and one that deals

with profound, overarching themes relatable to audiences the world over, and

especially in the Caribbean.”

Touted as an

action/drama, the film also stars Gessica Geneus (“Moloch Tropical”), Jimmy Jean-Louis

(“Heroes,” “Toussaint Louverture”), Persia White (“Girlfriends”), and Omar J.

Dorsey (“Selma,” “Django Unchained”).


The issue of human trafficking is

one that remains ever growing, hence its reemergence in cinema and media with the

upcoming film “Trafficked

and TV pilot’s like Michael “Boogie” Pinckney’s “The

Trade,” among others.  Even

serene islands like The Bahamas are ripe for such depravity.  The Homeland

Security Affairs Journal website estimates as many as 50,000 individuals

attempting illegal entry into the US from the Caribbean by sea each year.  The majority of these voyagers

originate from Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  The Bahamas, a geographic stepping

stone for contraband and illicit activity since the dawn of the new world, now

continues its long history as a gateway in this quest.

With “Cargo”

being written, developed, funded and produced in The Bahamas, it currently

stands as the largest Bahamian feature film project to date. Says “Cargo” producer

Alexander Younis, “This is a unique moment for cinema – a story from an island,

told with integrity by one of its indigenous storytellers, in the global

context of human smuggling, confronting its audience to reflect on human

rights, wealth and individual choices. We are all very excited to make this


Stay tuned

to S&A for more information on this film in the coming months.  To see more about Mortimer and his

work, visit his production website  You can watch Mortimer’s short film

“Passage” on Caribbean film streaming service Studio Anansi.

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