A quick recap on this..
– First, the film is titled Doctor Bello and it’s directed by Nigerian filmmaker Tony Abulu.
– Second, it stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Bern Cohen, Genevieve Nnaji (maybe the most internationally well-known Nollywood actress), Stephanie Okereke (also a Nollywood actress) and many others.
– Third, the film’s synopsis states, “The Cure for Cancer has been found in the sky mountains of Africa, and an American Oncologist will risk everything to get it.”
– Fourth, the film is scheduled to make its world premiere later this month – September 27, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in Washington, DC.
– Fifth, it’s the first movie project financed in part by the recently established Nigerian Intervention Fund for the arts and entertainment industry administered by NEXIM Bank.
That’s pretty much the gist of it all.
As noted in previous posts, we’re seeing more and more of these cross-continental connections, between African American and African talents.
Here’s a longer synopsis:
Brilliant Cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant ( Isaiah Washington) is emotionally troubled, wrestling with the traumatic loss of his 10 year old daughter from Cancer. Immersing himself in his work in the hospital, away from his wife ( Vivica A. Fox) he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious 11 year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the hospital Cancer research fund.Unfortunately, Sam’s health deteriorates drastically, and with only a few days to live. Dr. Durant becomes desperate, willing to risk anything to save the child’s life. A surreptitious Nigerian Nurse convinces him to seek the help of Dr. Bello ( Jimmy Jean Louis), an uncertified Nigerian Doctor with a controversial past, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker. Dr. Bello secretly administers a strange African potion, replete with incantations to Sam and miraculously, the child begins to recover, the Cancer speeding into remission. Little did Dr. Durant know that this would start a criminal investigation by the hospital board, and eventually lead him to a mysterious, riveting journey of self discovery, love, forgiveness, and hope in the mysterious “Garden of life,” lodged deep in the recesses of Nigeria’s sky mountains.
Check out the full poster and several still photos below; but first, watch the brand new trailer that we received via email today:
And here are more images of Isaiah as Dr. Durant, Genevieve Nnaji as Doctor Eniola Adio and others: