“Invisible Men” was written and directed by Meshack Enahoro and it is a story about a motley crew of illegal immigrants from different African countries struggling to survive in a not so welcoming London town.
It stars fast rising Emmanuel Imani, Tai Olutayo, Yannick Phillipe as well as Capital Xtra’s Abrantee Boateng in his first feature film role. The movie was selected as the closing night film at the British Urban Film Festival 2015 where it received a great response.
Sensitive and intelligent Okiki, 28 has come to London in an attempt to escape hardships back home in Nigeria. His sojourn has been encouraged by old buddy Abbey, the eternal optimist, who has been struggling as an illegal immigrant in the UK for a number of years, whilst creating a different picture back home.
Okiki joins Abbey in the ‘under-the-radar’ grind and both share a house with four other men in a similar plight: Agula the volatile psychotic from war-torn Sierra Leone, who engages in criminal activities to survive; the happy-go-lucky Solomon, also from Nigeria; the overly paranoid Yoofi from Ghana who strives to stay two steps ahead of the system and the septuagenarian Papa G, alcoholic and living in the UK since the ’60s.
Determined to build a new life, Okiki very quickly starts to experience the obstacles of his chosen path. The characters all share a common antagonist in the immigration authorities and the system but also face inter-personal conflicts which create the atmosphere for dramatic and hilarious scenes.
As times goes on, things only get tougher for the characters and one after the other their English dreams all hurtle towards their respective conclusions.
“Invisible Men” is set for release on the 23rd of May.
Watch the trailer below.