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Bahamian film wrestles homophobia, violence and religion; to make U.S. premiere at Miami Film Festival (with video)

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News release from filmmaker Kareem Mortimer (scroll to bottom to view film’s trailer):

Nassau, BAH, “Children of God”, the feature debut of Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer will make its US Premiere at the Miami International Film Festival.

“Children of God” is an intimate, powerful drama, which addresses the climate of homophobia in the Caribbean with a critical and compassionate look at violence and religion. The film follows three main characters: the religious zealot married to a secretly gay pastor, a young black Bahamian who fears the consequences of his sexual orientation, and a white Bahamian who is struggling with his sexual identity.

Mortimer, a former Miami resident and a 2001 film graduate from the Miami International University, who also produced the award-winning short film "Float" on which "Children of God" is based. Mortimer says “This film was made as love letter to the different people that live in the Bahamas, a declaration of who we really are by making a film that is honest, risky, beautiful and self- assured."

“Children of God” show times are at Saturday March 13th, at 9:30 pm at Regal Cinemas on Lincoln Road and at 9 pm on March 14th at Tower Theatre at SW 8TH Street.

“Children of God” stars Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp, Van Brown and Mark Richard Ford. The film is executive produced by Jay Gottlieb, and produced by Trevite Willis and Richard Lemay.

For more information on the upcoming release or stills of "Children of God" visit www.childrenofgodthemovie.com.

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