Neko & Patricia Meicholas of Guanima Press Ltd visit the students of Bayview Academy with gifts of their new book Lusca and Other Fantastic Tales
By Neko Meicholas
Why does it always seem that everything I do starts with me not wanting to be bothered?
Have I gotten that old?
Have I become that miserable?
As usual, the evening started with me having promised to do something and no longer wanting to do it. Only two things kept me moving forward; I had made a promise to my niece to go and she had already spent her money. Too, I had wanted to support the efforts of another Bahamian artist…something I always try to do.
As I had missed the premier of the movie at Atlantis because of a total screwup in our scheduling I felt I was obligated to get my tired, overburdened tokhes (tuckus? Whatever!) up and go and support Kareem Mortimer’s latest effort and I’m glad I did.
Although Cargo has its weak points, like several dialogue/script issues, problems with Bahamian dialect use and a few unconvincing actors who really need to hone their skills, Kareem’s production held my attention. He told a story and told it beautifully. Would I ever watch this movie again? Hell no! By the end of the movie my heart was broken and I was so intensely depressed I could not bear to voluntarily put myself through that level of emotional devastation again. Quite frankly, Kareem was too successful at achieving his goal and telling his story, and telling it excellently.
WELL DONE KAREEM!
There were several powerful scenes in the movie delivered by the two stand-out actors: Berneice (played by Persia White) has a meltdown at the dinner table and Mona (played by Sky Nicole Grey), the Jamaican caretaker, finds herself trapped in a terrible situation as a result of Kevin (played by Warren Brown), the main character’s terribleness and descent into complete depravity. These two women actually play the most tragic characters in the movie.
After the movie ended and I had given it more thought, I realized that, in Cargo, Kareem had paid homage to the film American Beauty that stars the now sadly disgraced Kevin Spacey. I will leave you, the viewer, to discover those bits on your own.
In Cargo, I truly appreciated that Kareem had gone after art. The beautiful opening scene with the wooden necklace/rosary floating languidly in the blue water with the sunlight dancing around which heralds the only positive moment that comes later in the movie; the little broke-down crap-ass piece of boat chugging, forward in an endless sea of blue heading toward an uncertain destiny; the grot and ugliness of Celianne’s (played by Gessica Geneus) home and the moment when Kevin is forced to clean his mother’s shit from the walls of her room are a few.
And… for those more prurient viewers out there YES this movie has more than enough “T”, “A” and “D” to keep you happy. I mean quite frankly and quite humorously locked in my mind is Celianne’s dark, rigid skyward-pointing nipples contrasted against her suspiciously proud breasts and the blue water… I wonder how these aspects were negotiated in the actors’ contracts? (Insert wicked grin here).
Like the movie Lord of the Rings with its too many endings, I feel that Mortimer could have done without the multiple endings of Cargo, especially, the pointless scene between the grandson and grandmother.
Would I recommend going to see Cargo to anyone?
Kareem does a great job of telling a story that needed to be told and does a beautiful job of doing it…never mind a few hiccups.
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Presentation by Neko Meicholas
Guanima Press Ltd
to the Students of Aquinas College
Gladstone Road, Nassau, Bahamas
November 15, 2017
With this book we have preserved a part of our Bahamian heritage that was being lost.
With my wife Patti’s words and my illustration and electronic graphics skills we have locked... in ink and paper... a small part of our rich and colourful folklore.
This book represents our hope for the positive reform of our people and our country.
I hope with all my heart that each and everyone of you will realize the importance of this gift and make an effort to read it.
Patti wrote this book for you.
The Guanima Press Books for Students project was born because we despaired at the BGCSE results we were seeing written about in the newspapers.
We believe that young Bahamians no longer read as much or as widely as they need, and this is contributing to academic underachievement.
We wanted to do something to help by encouraging the reading of good books.
We wanted you to know the importance of reading.
We wanted you to know how important it is to spend your whole life reading, learning, gathering information and knowledge from books and other sources.
We wanted to encourage you to use that information to craft yourself into the best version of you.
We wanted you to know that you are brilliant.
We wanted to give you this book that was created about Bahamian lore… for Bahamians…by Bahamians.
We knew our small publishing company Guanima Press Ltd could not afford to do this alone, so we went into the community and asked for support—support that was readily given by wonderful and generous people.
We thank our wonderful sponsors.
We especially thank a very special woman—Barbara Thompson.
We thank Orry J. Sands, Earla Bethel of Danbrad Ltd, The Charitable Arts Foundation, The Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, Sir Franklyn and Lady Wilson, Dawn Davies and those sponsors who have chosen to remain anonymous.
My dream of gifting thousands of Patti’s new book Lusca and Other Fantastic Tales to Bahamian students has become a reality because of our efforts and the support of this stellar group of people.
Today we are giving every single one of you, all 500 plus of you here a copy of this book for FREE.
Please read LUSCA and Other Fantastic Tales.
Read lots of other books… Bahamian books, books from other countries.
Please just read copiously and experience the magic it will create in your school performance and your life.