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Anchor Baby (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 10 December 2010 (Nigeria)
Anchor Baby is a tale of an illegal immigrant couple from Nigeria on a quest to create a better life for their unborn child. Their dream is to have their baby in the United States in order for the baby to become a US citizen.




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Credited cast:
... Joyce Unanga
... Paul Unanga
Terri Oliver ... Susan Backley
... Joey
Mark Cassius ... Attorney John Rogdougougan
... Landlord / Steve
Colin Paradine ... Tim
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... ICE Agent Labinsky
... Immigration Escort #1
Tara Beier ... Immigrant Factory Worker (as Tara Browne)
Adam Belanger ... Mover #1
Lacey Benedetti ... Boarding Stewardess # 2
Ben Bessong ... Black ICE Agent #2
Peter Botteas ... Male Factory Worker #2
Dan Bowers ... ICE Agent #1


Married illegal immigrant couple, Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) have been ordered to be deported by the US immigration. They agree to leave; only after Joyce who is 5 months pregnant delivers her baby inside the US. This will guarantee automatic citizenship for their child. Later, Paul is caught and deported. Then, Joyce struggles on her own to accomplish their dream. Joyce, meets Susan Backley (Terri Oliver), a married freelance writer who offers to help her with free accommodation until her baby is born. Joyce accepts the offer. Now, with the help of Susan, Joyce sets out on the most daring journey of her life; to achieve the 'American Dream' for her unborn child. She will try by any means necessary. Written by Anonymous

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A degree of desperation... That's all it takes.


Drama | Thriller


Not Rated


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$13,850 (Nigeria), 12 December 2010, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Fantastic Movie Covering Very Real Issues

Pregnant Joyce Unanga played by Omoni Oboli and her husband Paul Unaga played by Sam Sarpong are illegal immigrants in the United States. Their visas have expired and their time in the USA is up. They were offered voluntary deportation 3 months previously but refused to take it Joyce has 4 months until she gives birth and has agreed with her husband that they will lay under the radar hiding from immigration until the baby is born. This anchor baby will act as a device for the family to gain legal foothold into the United States;. Joyce isn't so keen on the idea but her husband Paul is desperate for their child to be born in the United States and have an American passport so that he/she can be afforded the same opportunities as American born kids.

After a raid at Paul's workplace, where Paul drops his phone after running from immigration officials immigration and are hot on their tails and one morning while Joyce is out on her daily walk they pounce and grab Paul. Joyce has no choice but to evacuate the apartment if she too doesn't want to be caught. She is left alone, homeless and pregnant looking for a place to stay when she comes across a Good Samaritan by the name Susan played by Teri Oliver in a doctor's office. Susan comes in to save the day and offers her her basement to live in until the baby is born. It sounds too good to be true. Is it?

This is a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and I would definitely recommend. It was well shot and evenly paced. The drama, tension and suspense was good but could have been picked up a notch, nevertheless I loved the storyline. It was one that raised very real and important issues about illegal immigration and showed us the gritty reality of life as an illegal immigrant and the misfortune that can fall upon you when you have no rights. Anchor baby won the Best film Harlem Intl film festival, Award of Merit L.A Cinema festival of Hollywood. It made the Official selection Africa Intl film festival and official selection Fans of film festival and all with good reason. Grab ya copy

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