It was pronounced the best film at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York City; it won an award of merit at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood; it has enjoyed nine weeks of impressive runs and cinema success across Nigeria and now come 13th of March, ‘Anchorbaby’ will be showing in cinemas all over Ghana.
The showing of ‘Anchorbaby’ in Ghana will kick off next week with a VIP launch and press screening at a prestigious venue in the country. Warmly embracing the movie, a number of publicity companies in Ghana are already teaming up with Bigsam Media, the primary publicist of the movie, to make Anchorbaby the biggest African movie to hit the Ghanaian cinema.
Speaking on these recent developments on ‘Anchor Baby, Lonzo Nzekwe said ‘we are glad the movie has come this far but we are not surprised, because we put in a lot of work to arrive at what we have. More so beyond Ghana, Anchor Baby will be going to several other African countries. We are hoping to distribute the movie across Africa through Pan African and we are in no doubt that Africans will be receptive to it.
Anchor Baby which has made several millions of naira was shot and produced by a Nigerian Lonzo Nzekwe in Brampton and Hamilton, Ontario Canada. It had almost 40 actors with speaking roles and about 60 extras. The frontline actors in the film are Omoni Oboli, Sam Sarpong, Terri Oliver, Colin Paradine, Michael Scratch, Mark Cassius, Rachael Ancheril, Cyrus Faird, Santiago Lopera, and Chris Patterson.
A film that had Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and African characters playing major parts, Anchor Baby tells the tale of a married illegal immigrant couple living in the US, Joyce and Paul Unanga. They have been ordered by the US immigration to leave the country by voluntary departure. They agree to leave; but only after Joyce who is 5months pregnant delivers her baby inside the US. This will guarantee automatic citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order, the couple goes into hiding. Paul was later caught and deported while Joyce stayed back to struggle on her own to achieve their dream. The love, hope, pain and struggle that came with this decision is bound to stir up some emotion in you.
Anchor Baby was recently shown at the San Diego Black Film Festival in San-Diego, California and at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles California.