Deadly Voyages: Haitian Migration Film And Panel Discussion

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Haitians are risking their lives in the largest maritime migration in nearly two decades. The consequences are tragic.

Join Bahamian writer-director Kareem J. Mortimer as he presents his 2017 drama Cargo, about Haitian migrants being smuggled into the U.S. When a desperate fisherman (played by Warren Brown) turns to human smuggling, he is faced with having to abandon refugees at sea who are a long way from their destination.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion at 8:30 p.m. moderated by Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat (Brother, I’m Dying). Participants will include director Mortimer, Miami Herald journalist Jacqueline Charles, migration-focused video artist Edison Penafiel and local migration experts.

The screening, which follows a Miami Herald series by Caribbean Correspondent Jacqueline Charles and visual journalist Jose Iglesias, is presented by the Miami Herald and the Miami Herald Impact Journalism Fund at the Miami Foundation. The series reporting was supported by the Pulitzer Center.

“It’s rare to see a film set in the Bahamas in which a character like James Bond doesn’t figure prominently. Even rarer is to see a film from the Bahamas, such as Kareem Mortimer’s thriller . . . Cargo delivers plenty of singular atmosphere in its all-too-timely tale of a fisherman turned human smuggler.” – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter.

Event is free, but tickets are required.