From the stables of Black Ivory Communications and from the hands that brought us “Back to Africa”, “American Dream” and “Crazy like a fox”, Tony Abulu, comes a movie that will not only affect Nigeria or Africa alone, but the entire world at large.
Starring great names like Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Bern Cohen, Genevieve Nnaji, Victor Browne, Stephanie Okereke, Andrea Leigh, and many others, Doctor Bello promises to be a blockbuster.
SYNOPSIS: Brilliant Cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant 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 who blames him for their child’s death, he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious seven year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the Hospital’s Cancer Research Fund.
Unfortunately, Sam’s health deteriorates drastically, and soon, he slips into a coma, 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, an uncertified Nigerian Doctor, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker. Dr. Bello, an introvert with a controversial past, secretly visits the child at night and administers a strange African potion, replete with incantations and by the next morning, miraculously, the child begins to recover, the Cancer speeding into remission.
The Hospital Medical Board immediately orders an investigation and soon the secret is revealed and Dr. Durant is suspended. Dr. Bello is arrested and charged with medical malpractice. Dr. Durant soon falls into depression after his wife leaves him. Meanwhile, Dr. Bello has fallen critically ill in jail and can only be saved by the ingestion of the same potion that can only be found in the mysterious “Garden of Life,” nestled on the peak of Nigeria’s sky mountains. – Official Synopsis
Scheduled for release in Summer 2012, 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.
MY TWO-CENTS: And now that I’ve seen the trailer, I’m not getting the “This is an African movie” vibe from this film. I feel almost like this is an American movie in which they just managed to throw in a couple Nigerians. It’s almost like they (the Americans) are doing us (the Nigerians) a favor with this movie. Which is really silly because, we’re the ones financing it yet the “foreign” aspect of the entire thing is a little over glorified, in the trailer and with the propaganda of this movie, for my liking. I wish it would be more AFRICAN! I wish it would be more true to the roots. Truth be told, I’m more excited about “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Lions of 76” than I am about this.