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Looking Deep with Kareem Mortimer

Looking Deep with Kareem Mortimer

By Kareem Mortimer

Looking Deep is a podcast hosted by award-winning filmmaker Kareem J. Mortimer where he explores the lives of ordinary people who make extraordinary life choices. Each interview is candid, transparent, and illuminating in the hopes that the listening audience receives a breakthrough for themselves. Mortimer explores many subjects, including surrogacy, sex work, activism, and religion. Each episode is followed by an aftershow where Mortimer and co-host Julia Woolley Chatwin dissect the discussion and share their takeaways. New episodes are released every Tuesday beginning February 2nd, 2021!
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Looking Deep with Kareem MortimerMar 02, 2021

Meet Erin Greene- Advocate for Human Rights

Meet Erin Greene- Advocate for Human Rights

Erin Greene is a Bahamian human rights activist. She is considered a leading advocate for LGBT rights in the Bahamas, having been described as "arguably the country’s most outspoken LGBT activist. Greene is a longtime advocate for human rights, including for women, immigrants, and the incarcerated, but particularly for LGBT Bahamians. She began her work as an activist in earnest in the late 1990s and early 2000s, helping organize the first Pride event in the country in 2001 In 2000, she joined the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), becoming its Bahamas representative in 2002 and eventually becoming regional chairperson. When the Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas coalesced in 2003, Greene became the organization's spokesperson, eventually serving as the group's president before it shut down in 2008.

Mar 16, 202132:50
Advocating for The LGBTI Human Rights with Alexus D’Marco

Advocating for The LGBTI Human Rights with Alexus D’Marco

Meet Alexus D’Marco, a human rights defender and a self-identified transwoman living in the Bahamas. She has a love for helping others through her advocacy work in the Caribbean region for marginalized groups like the LGBTI community.

In this episode, Alexus shares her gender identity journey that started as a child and how she navigated it to find her true self. She talks about the discrimination challenges that trans people in the Caribbean region are still facing today.

Listen in to learn why trans and intersex people need to be recognized and afforded their basic human rights.

Episode Timeline:

  • [0:52] Get to know Alexus and her passion for human rights defending.
  • [1:43] She talks about her self-identity journey and the challenges she faced with family and society.
  • [4:17] The difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • [6:27] How trans people are discriminated against within the LGBTI community and how that’s changing in the Bahamas.
  • [7:53] Alexus struggles as a conflicted teenager and how she navigated that to become a better adult.
  • [10:04] Why she decided to advocate for the human rights of other trans and intersex people in the Caribbean region.
  • [12:18] The importance of social justice to protect the LGBTI people against the Gay Panic Defense.
  • [14:15] The progress they’re making towards gender identity recognition in the Bahamas.
  • [15:07] The discrimination that trans people go through at the workplace, which leads them to still live below the poverty line.
  • [16:03] Alexus’ goals of seeing trans people being recognized without discrimination.

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Mar 09, 202125:43
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Mar 02, 202130:20
Selfless Giving: My Journey to Becoming A Dad with Jodi Hardy

Selfless Giving: My Journey to Becoming A Dad with Jodi Hardy

Meet Jodi Hardy, a mother, a wife, and the surrogate mother to our two beautiful kids. Jodi is a woman who knows how to give with love, and in a way she cannot be repaid.

In this episode, Jodi shares her very interesting story as an adopted child who was purposely born to be given to her parents. Inspired by her own story, Jodi became aware that she wanted to help others become parents through surrogacy.

Listen to the episode and hear Jodi explain her experience carrying and giving birth to our son and daughter.

Episode Timeline:

  • [0:28] Intro
  • [1:37] Jodi’s background as an adopted child and how she dealt with it.
  • [3:37] She narrates the interesting story of her biological parents.
  • [8:21] How Jodi got called to my and my partner’s story and help us become parents.
  • [12:09] How the implantation of an embryo happens for surrogacy.
  • [12:57] She explains her experience carrying and giving birth to children who were not hers.
  • [18:38] Jodi describes why she doesn’t think she will continue surrogating babies.

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Feb 23, 202131:28
The Career of Jamie Donnelly

The Career of Jamie Donnelly

The Career History of Jamie Donnelly

Meet Jamie Donnelly, an accomplished actress that I worked with, in my Cargo feature film. She has always had a passion for performing since the age of 10.

In this episode, Jamie talks about her acting career that spans decades from Hollywood to working with creative independent filmmakers. She shares how she became an acting coach at some point in her career due to her supportive nature and ability to bring out the best in performers.

Listen in to learn the importance of valuing relationships with the people you relate with at the workplace.

Episode Timeline:

  • [0:27] Intro
  • [1:27] Jamie’s experience playing Violet in my feature film, Cargo.
  • [3:39] She narrates her passion for performing, which she discovered at 10 years old.
  • [5:35] How Jamie values relationships with those she works with and with her audience.
  • [10:29] The experience Jamie had in the movie Grease and how astonished she was that the movie became so big.
  • [17:17] Why she enjoys working with creative independent filmmakers as opposed to Hollywood TV shows.

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Feb 16, 202131:06
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Feb 13, 202137:03
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Feb 13, 202125:08
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Feb 09, 202134:23
Meet Billy Roberts

Meet Billy Roberts

Meet Billy Roberts, a man who mirrors a movie I’d made about a white Bahamian fisherman who smuggled people to the US to pay off debts. However, Billy smuggled Haitian people to the US to make extra income but ended up caught and placed in prison. Quite an interesting story, isn’t it?

In this episode, you get a front-row seat to Billy’s story from wanting the better only to get the worst. He shares his experience in the US prison system and the differences between US law and Bahamian law.

Don’t miss this episode to learn a few life lessons as displayed by Billy’s story!

Stay tuned for the aftershow with Kareem and Julia immediately following the episode.

Episode Timeline:

  • [0:28] Intro
  • [1:26] Billy describes growing up in Hatchet Bay and Nassau.
  • [2:36] He narrates how and why he started smuggling Haitians to the Florida coast.
  • [6:52] The poorly planned trip that got him arrested, and his US prison experience.
  • [13:22] How he was transferred from the US prison to the Bahamas, where he was released afterward.
  • [17:13] The process of getting his life back together.
Feb 02, 202130:34
Looking Deep

Looking Deep

We remain at an impasse when we talk at people rather than talk to people. Where we judge harshly before we take the time to bear witness.

Looking Deep is a weekly podcast of 20 minute intensely personal interviews hosted by Film Director Kareem Mortimer with a wide array of individuals who have made bold choices and lead interesting lives.

A ten-minute aftershow is hosted by Kareem Mortimer and Julia Chatwin where they dissect the most riveting points from the main podcast.

Looking Deep finding deeper truth about ourselves by seeing the humanity in others.

Jan 18, 202101:42