WHAT: Chillfest presents CHILDREN OF GOD, a film by Kareem Mortimer
WHEN: Sunday, January 9, 4 p.m. – full bar and dinner menu available
WHERE: LITM Bar & Restaurant, 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City (1/2 block from Grove Street PATH station)
TICKETS: $10 at the door, $7 advance at chillfest.org.
About ‘Children of God,’ directed by Kareem Mortimer
Virulent homophobia shadows a young biracial couple in the sunny Caribbean. Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobic crime and offering a scathing examination of the underlying hatred for gays rampant in Caribbean societies, Bahamian Kareem Mortimer’s debut narrative feature tells the stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, deeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor; Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself.
All three head for the spectacularly beautiful and tranquil island of Eleuthera, each with a different reason for escaping current circumstances. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a poignant multifaceted journey that is enlightening, courageous, and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the very core with its startling conclusion.
Children of God has “cinematic beauty, solid writing and standout acting,” according to Clay Cane of BET.com.
“This gorgeously lensed debut finds moments of grace.” —Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety.
A “tender, tough and altogether touching drama.” – Michael Fox, SF International LGBT Film Festival.
Online ticketing is done securely via Paypal. Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the screening on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Chillfest Second Sunday Series offers gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-themed films to Jersey City and the region. Chillfest is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) organization.