“Don’t you realise our history’s all we’ve got left.
If they take that from us then what are we?
Just a bunch of shadows they can walk all over…”
‘SHADOWS' explores the lives of three black inmates who have been placed in the same cell at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham, UK. Cultural baggage, trauma and family dysfunction have all played a part in each of their struggle to understand one another and the outside world.
Edmund (David Monteith), the calm fatherly presence, who been in and out of prison from an early age tries to assert his dominance over the others through his knowledge of black history. Balak (Pharaon El-Nur) appears to be the most level headed, a forthright secondary school English teacher, but can't to let go of his dark past. Chase (David Isiguzo) is the youngest and has great potential, however refuses to listen to his voice of reason and puts himself at risk of losing everything he's worked for.