Kareem Mortimer’s award-winning drama “Cargo”, starring Warren Brown (“Strike Back”) and Jimmy Jean Louis (“Heroes”), is available September 13 on digital from Artist Rights Distribution.
A sensitive fisherman transforms into a prolific human smuggler to pay his debts in feature inspired by true events.
“One of the earliest haunting images I can remember was watching the news with my mother at nine years old and seeing images of dead bloated Haitian immigrants that were washed on a beach”, Mortimer explained in a recent interview. “Apparently they were trapped and locked in the hold of a ship by a smuggler who did not have the decency to set them free. That was the first time I saw a dead person and that image still haunts me twenty years later. Throughout my life I have often asked myself who are these persons that would take this journey and who are these persons that accommodate these requests?”
When his income as a fisherman proves woefully insufficient to cover his son’s school fees, Kevin turns to human smuggling in order to raise desperately needed funds. Kevin finds that he’s good at this dangerous yet profitable vocation—good enough to trust himself with smuggling his own girlfriend and her son to the US. But when faced with having to abandon refugees at sea far from Miami shores, Kevin is suddenly forced to reassess his responsibilities. Inspired by true events, Cargo examines the world’s refugee crisis from a very local perspective. The largest Bahamian film project to date, this latest feature from Kareem J. Mortimer is a thrilling, vital call for empathy in troubled times.
Written and directed by Kareem Mortimer, and also starring Gessica Geneus, Persia White (“The Vampire Diaries”), Omar J. Dorsey (Halloween), and Jamie Donnelly (Black Mass), “Cargo” dives onto digital 9/13.
“The message of the movie is that people do not risk their lives to leave their homeland to destroy other people’s lives. They leave for safety and resources and their story is also our story.”
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