[Blackstudies-l] This Caribbean Film Has Won The Amnesty International Human Rights Prize

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Fri Oct 13 23:27:31 EDT 2017


lisaparavisini posted: " A report from News Americas Now. A Caribbean film
that focuses on the issue of human trafficking – but from the point of view
of reluctant trafficker, has won the Amnesty International Human Rights
Prize. Cargo by Bahamian film director Kareem Mortime"
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A report from *News Americas Now*.
<http://www.newsamericasnow.com/this-caribbean-film-has-won-the-amnesty-international-human-rights-prize/>

A Caribbean film that focuses on the issue of human trafficking – but from
the point of view of reluctant trafficker, has won the Amnesty
International Human Rights Prize.

*Cargo* by Bahamian film director Kareem Mortimer, won the top Prize at the
recently concluded trinidad+tobago film festival, (ttff).

The Amnesty International Human Rights Prize is awarded to a Caribbean
filmmaker whose film best highlights a human rights issue. The Award
recognizes the importance of film as a vehicle for raising awareness about
human rights issues and advancing inclusion and social justice.

*Cargo*, tells the story of human trafficking from the point of view of
reluctant trafficker, Kevin. An American exile with a gambling addiction
living in the Bahamas, he begins smuggling Haitians to Florida in an act of
desperation to keep his secrets buried and get out of a financial bind.

Mortimer said the story was influenced by a childhood experience that
impacted him deeply – a  news story that showed the dead bodies of Haitians
who had washed up on shore in the Bahamas, in an ill-fated attempt to get
to Miami. The haunting image impacted him so greatly that he re-created it
for the opening scene in the movie.

Mortimer, 36, is also known for such films as Chance (2005), The Eleutheran
Adventure (2006), Float (2007), I Am Not A Dummy (2009), Children of God[1]
(2010), Wind Jammers (2010) and Passage (2013).

His debut feature, Children of God (2010), is the first narrative feature
from the Caribbean with LGBT themes. Children of God was shown on the
television channel Showtime as well as distributed in over twenty-four
countries around the world. In 2014, Passage was awarded an African Movie
Academy Award for Best Short Film from the Diaspora.

*Cargo,* which played to packed audiences at the ttff, was selected the
winner by a three-person jury comprised of Gregory Sloane-Seale, National
Coordinator, Citizen Security Programme in the Ministry of National
Security, Trinidad and Tobago; Dr Gabrielle Hosein, Head of Department and
lecturer, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, at The University
of the West Indies, and Pamela Carmona, Regional Youth and Activism
Coordinator at the, Amnesty International Americas Regional Office, in
Mexico.

According to Pamela Carmona, at Amnesty International Americas Regional
Office, in Mexico: *“*Caribbean filmmakers have been fearless in crafting
powerful stories of human struggle, sacrifice and triumph – reaching across
cultures and countries, transcending language barriers to speak eloquently
on the issues of human rights and social justice. As long as human rights
violations exist, there will always be a need for such films, and this
prize is our way of acknowledging the important work being done by
filmmakers and activists in the Caribbean region.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than three million
members, supporters and activists in over 150 countries and territories.
The organisation exposes human rights violations and campaigns for their
full enjoyment for everyone around the world. It is independent of any
government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, and is
funded mainly by its membership and public donations.

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about
the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an
annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to
facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging
industry programme and networking opportunities.
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