“Shadows of America” will premiere at the Horizon Sun Valley Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28. Tickets are $4.50.
The independent film is based on a true story and the kind of behavior that happens every day in African immigrant communities. Society must tackle the cycle of abuse immigrant African women experience at the hands of exploitative domestic partners, says filmmaker Obed Joe, an advocate who uses his films to rebuke abuse and violence against immigrant women in America .
Joe’s latest feature features an all-African cast, with the exception of Timothy Lloyd Tilghman and Gary Smith, who died on January 16. A brief remembrance of Smith is planned for the cinema before the film begins.
Tony Ezewesili returns to Africa in search of an obedient bride and marries Chinello. His plan is to marry a professional woman who works as a nurse to pay his household bills while he and his mother enjoy the fruits of his labor. Chinello is unaware that she has entered into an abusive relationship and soon finds herself overworked, isolated, and the target of recurring abusive outbursts and assaults.
Geneviève Ifeanyichukwu stars in her first film production as Chinello Ezekwesili opposite Ejike Okoye as her abusive husband, Tony Ezekwesili. Timothy Lloyd Tilghman stars as Brian Robinson, an assisted living administrator, with Lolo Loretta Chinwe Eze as Tony’s mother, Lolo Ezekwesili. Additionally, Pamela Ebere plays three minor roles in “Shadows of America.”
Obed Joe and Genevieve Ifeanyichukwu are the executive producers of this film and Joe is the producer and director. Joe is the current President of the Nigerian Diaspora Directors Guild and was awarded Best Nollywood Director by the World Movie International Film Festival in 2020.
“Shadows of America” will screen for one night only. Horizon Sun Valley Cinemas are located at 7959 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie.