Anchor Baby

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Beautiful_Soul

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I see many posts about this movie but no reviews, however if blindness is what is afflicting me can this post please be moved. I loved this movie and would give it a 8.5/10

Starring Omoni Oboli and Sam Sarpong

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?

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The movie highlights the harsh realities of being an illegal immigrant. It is not an easy life. You have no ID card or insurance to see a doctor, no ID to rent an apartment. You can not work because you have no work permit. You are seemingly present but more or less invisible. Sometimes resorting to further illegal behaviour is the only way to survive as we see in this movie whereby Joyce and Susan end up visiting a criminal counterfeiter in order to order clones cards so that she can have ID and gain access to public services such as medical attention that most people take for granted. There is no dignity for an illegal alien. When Joyce does turn herself in at the end of the movie she is treated like a common criminal, which she clearly doesn’t see herself as. She is put in handcuffs much to her horror. She pleads with the arresting officer that it is unnecessary as she is handing herself in voluntarily. Her pleas go ignored.

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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 (if you can find it!)

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#5
She was superb. Stand out performance.
Thanx...I've never really quite understood why people on here thinks she's a bad /not-so-good actress...
The first time i saw Omoni was in a flick starring Genevieve Nnaji, Desmond Elliot...She acted as Dessy's pregnant fiancee/wife and she was reallly good...I never forgot these lines :

Dessy: ''You can take a horse to a river but you can't force it to drink from the river''
Omoni: ''I will make history baby, this horse must drink this water!''
LOL...
She's a fantastic actress!
 

Village-Boi

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Okay...so I guess we should believe the hype.
Depends what the hype is my dear. All I can say is it is such a good story and has more or less gone straight to the top of my 'best' Naija films list - that is the story done.
Now for the filming... considering it was shot on a Red camera, and the oyinbo DOP na CSC... no hype there at all as some shots were soft... but then na only filmmakers and pixel-peepers dey argue about such rubbish info. Were there things in it I didn't like? Of course! But even Oscar winning films have some crap I don't like. I think the main and really the only important question is "Does it work as a package" - Hell yes it does!!

The simple truth about filmmaking is - the audience does not give a damn what you shot on... all they want to know and care about is - "Is it a good film?" My answer remains, as far as Ngerian filmmaking goes, it is a BRILLIANT film.
So pick your 'hype'. I don't know the hype surrounding it and don't care - all I know is na damn good film, I was well impressed (Bet rememba - one man him kpomo is anoda man him letha shoe).
 

barbarellanoir

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Depends what the hype is my dear. All I can say is it is such a good story and has more or less gone straight to the top of my 'best' Naija films list - that is the story done.
Now for the filming... considering it was shot on a Red camera, and the oyinbo DOP na CSC... no hype there at all as some shots were soft... but then na only filmmakers and pixel-peepers dey argue about such rubbish info. Were there things in it I didn't like? Of course! But even Oscar winning films have some crap I don't like. I think the main and really the only important question is "Does it work as a package" - Hell yes it does!!

The simple truth about filmmaking is - the audience does not give a damn what you shot on... all they want to know and care about is - "Is it a good film?" My answer remains, as far as Ngerian filmmaking goes, it is a BRILLIANT film.
So pick your 'hype'. I don't know the hype surrounding it and don't care - all I know is na damn good film, I was well impressed (Bet rememba - one man him kpomo is anoda man him letha shoe).

Cool....I'll have to check it out once it makes it way to the US. I've never seen Omoni in a lead role, so this should be interesting.
 

Beautiful_Soul

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I have not seen this movie in all three popular stores that I go to in MD. Where did you guys get your copy?
I dont think it is on general release yet. I saw it about a week ago at the cinema here in London. Last showing was thursday gone so will probably still be some time until it is out.
 
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Depends what the hype is my dear. All I can say is it is such a good story and has more or less gone straight to the top of my 'best' Naija films list - that is the story done.
Now for the filming... considering it was shot on a Red camera, and the oyinbo DOP na CSC... no hype there at all as some shots were soft... but then na only filmmakers and pixel-peepers dey argue about such rubbish info. Were there things in it I didn't like? Of course! But even Oscar winning films have some crap I don't like. I think the main and really the only important question is "Does it work as a package" - Hell yes it does!!

The simple truth about filmmaking is - the audience does not give a damn what you shot on... all they want to know and care about is - "Is it a good film?" My answer remains, as far as Ngerian filmmaking goes, it is a BRILLIANT film.
So pick your 'hype'. I don't know the hype surrounding it and don't care - all I know is na damn good film, I was well impressed (Bet rememba - one man him kpomo is anoda man him letha shoe).
This is truly how you watch a movie regardless if you are also a filmmaker. There is no perfect movie out there. It's all art. The bottom line is "Does it work for you as a film goer?". Sometimes, we get all analytical about stuff and forget to just sit down and enjoy a good movie and story. I enjoyed it too and glad that you did.
 

Village-Boi

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This is truly how you watch a movie regardless if you are also a filmmaker. There is no perfect movie out there. It's all art. The bottom line is "Does it work for you as a film goer?". Sometimes, we get all analytical about stuff and forget to just sit down and enjoy a good movie and story. I enjoyed it too and glad that you did.
True that! But once you get an interest in the techie bit of filmmaking or become a filmmaker it is soooooo hard to watch a film ever again with the same eyes as the 'normal' audience.
We can try our best to just kick back and watch a film for the enjoyment of it but every other shot will still see the 'little-filmmaking-devil-on-your-shoulder' shouting out "Oh this & Oh that" - had to batter mine with a fly-swat lol
 

sidney

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True that! But once you get an interest in the techie bit of filmmaking or become a filmmaker it is soooooo hard to watch a film ever again with the same eyes as the 'normal' audience.
We can try our best to just kick back and watch a film for the enjoyment of it but every other shot will still see the 'little-filmmaking-devil-on-your-shoulder' shouting out "Oh this & Oh that" - had to batter mine with a fly-swat lol
My brother soft shots jump off the screen and slap me in the face!

I always wonder how they make it into the film. Were all the shots from the scene soft or was that the best take and they live with the soft focus?....

It always bothers me... Especially when it is done by supposed "western" filmmakers. I know many Nigerian filmmakers who almost NEVER have soft shots... So being from the west, does not automatically indicate great quality.
 

Sola

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My brother soft shots jump off the screen and slap me in the face!

I always wonder how they make it into the film. Were all the shots from the scene soft or was that the best take and they live with the soft focus?....

It always bothers me... Especially when it is done by supposed "western" filmmakers. I know many Nigerian filmmakers who almost NEVER have soft shots... So being from the west, does not automatically indicate great quality.
Na "film look" when it is done abroad. Na una no open eye.
 

sidney

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Na "film look" when it is done abroad. Na una no open eye.
Bros, I have seen the works of Robert Peters, former Nollywood actor turned director, and Katung Aduwak, big brother Nigeria 1 winner turned director, and their work is always tight!! Not a soft shot ever... Then I saw a film with a relatively working American DP from NY. He worked on many Hollywood low budget projects and soft shots FULL ground! I don't know if the guy felt that whatever he does would be better than the average Nollywood movie or he is just not as good as advertised. However I am inclined to believe the former.

Glad this film was great! But we don't need to look to foreigners for behind the camera expertise.
 

Village-Boi

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My brother soft shots jump off the screen and slap me in the face!

I always wonder how they make it into the film. Were all the shots from the scene soft or was that the best take and they live with the soft focus?....

It always bothers me... Especially when it is done by supposed "western" filmmakers. I know many Nigerian filmmakers who almost NEVER have soft shots... So being from the west, does not automatically indicate great quality.
I know bro, the only downer was those 'soft' shots, how in the world did that happen?? It couldn't have been every take so why? Did they have a busted prime lens? That happened to my Zeiss 50mm and it's soft at 15 inches or less - Ouch!
 
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