Starring: Isaiah Washington, Genevieve Nnaji, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Vivica A. Fox, Rachel Oniga, Stephanie Okereke, Femi Brainard
We are actively attempting to bring this movie to Charlotte in 2013. Doctor Bello was directed, produced and written by Nigerian filmmaker Tony Abulu. Apart from Turning Point, no other movie by a Nigerian filmmaker sports a collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood like Doctor Bello. Abulu’s latest movie is notable for being the first movie to receive funding from a $200 million loan that President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria pledged to the development of the country’s entertainment sector two years ago.
Doctor Bello is Abulu’s, fourth movie. His first three films are Back to Africa (1997), American Dream (2007) and Crazy Like a Fox (2008).
About the film: Throwing himself into work after the loss of his 10-year-old son to cancer, oncologist Michael Durant (Washington) encounters a 7-year-old boy named Sam (Evan Brickman), who is stricken with the same disease. Ironically Sam’s parents are major contributors to the Cancer Research Fund at Durant’s hospital. When Sam begins to get worse, Durant is referred to a controversial non-certified Nigerian doctor named Dr. Bello (Jean-Louis), who successfully administers a mysterious potion on Sam. Unfortunately for Durant, the hospital’s Medical Board learn of Bello’s visit and have him arrested on the charge of medical malpractice. Meanwhile Durant is suspended, falls into depression, loses his wife and eventually falls sick, with his only hope for living lying in the very same potion that has saved Sam’s life. To obtain it, though, he would have to go to the mystical “Garden of Life” located at the peak of Nigeria’s sky mountains.
After doing some research we discovered that this movie is scheduled for release in Summer 2012. While that hasn’t happen yet it did hold premiers in Legos, London and Washington, D.C. during the latter part of the year. It doesn’t look as if the film has found a domestic distributor yet but they have screened at a few film festivals. Doctor Bello is positioned to showcase Nollywood’s cross-marketability within the international spectrum as the first movie project financed in part by the recently established Nigerian Intervention Fund for the arts and entertainment industry administered by NEXIM Bank.
This is definitely a movie that we have our eyes on and hope to bring your way.