TV Contributor Angela Yvonne checks out the new powerful drama pic Black November, opening on Friday, Jan. 9.
I recently got a chance to see the movie Black November and it’s a good movie to see! Taking place in the Niger Delta and Los Angeles, it tells the story of Ebiere Perema, played by African actress Mbong Amata, a young Nigerian woman who comes home to find that her ticket to a better education was funded by the same oil company that has been destroying and killing her community. Ebiere becomes the unlikely face and voice that brings awareness to the injustice of a crooked Nigerian government, its relationships with her communityΓÇÖs elders and the oil company.
Written and directed by Niger Delta native Jeta Amata, who’s being hailed as the man who will bring Nollywood to Hollywood, Black November is about what happens on the other side of the oil industry, how its drilling affects the land and the people it comes from, and what happens when a few decide to take drastic action.
The ensemble cast is mixed with American and African actors which include Akon, Wyclef Jean, Kim Basinger, Vivica A. Fox, Mickey Rourke, Anne Heche, Hakeem Kae- Kazim and OC Ukje.
This is a film that starts at the end, and then takes you back to its beginning. Ebiere is in a small jail cell getting ready to meet her death, and then we’re taken on a roller coaster of heroism and shock.
I enjoyed how the movie showed the passion of a people determined to save their community; those willing to sacrifice lives to make their point. It’s a complex collection of characters, and the backstory of the individuals make you connect with them in a very relatable way.
If that’s not enough, Black November is also a love story between the two main characters Ebiere and DeDe, and also their Nigerian community. It leaves you wondering if we could be so passionate about something that we’d try to get it by any means necessary.
Black November opens on Friday, Jan. 9. Check out the movie’s trailer below.