9th February, 2011
Black Gold production has inked a deal with De Laurentiis Productions to produce a film about theÂ tragedy and injustice that plagues the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Award winning movie director, Jeta Amata is collaborating with 30-year veteran and award winningÂ filmmaker Suzanne DeLaurentiis to produce the feature filmÂ Black Gold:Â Struggle for the Niger Delta.
It is a story of murder, greed and corruption in the unsettledÂ Niger Delta RegionÂ of Nigeria. The filmÂ speaks of environmental injustice and the fight over control of oil resources and revenue largelyÂ generated from this region.
It is the story of a local communityâ€™s struggle against big-oil corporations and their determinationÂ to win the rights for their land and their livelihood. Locals are caught in the crossfire after aÂ devastatingÂ pipelineÂ explosion forces them to chooseÂ either protest and action or resort to violenceÂ and kidnapping.
The line between good and evil is blurred as corrupt government officials, greedy oil companies andÂ violent rebels go on a war path over oil spills and the degradation of the land caused by oilÂ exploration.
Inspired by true events, Black Gold tells the story of the Niger Delta and its long and on-goingÂ crises. The Niger Delta region of Nigeria has 606 oil-fields and exports 50 per cent of all its oilÂ resources to the United States and is the worldâ€™s capital of oil pollution.
Fifty years of uncorrected oil spills and lack of clean-up has destroyed the environment andÂ ecosystems leaving the area almost uninhabitable while obliterating the livelihood of its residentsÂ costing them basic human rights such as health, access to food, clean water, and an ability to work.
Showbiz Trends learnt that Suzanne, became intrigued by this story and after meeting with Jeta,Â decided to come on board as a consultant and one of the producers.
The film has an impressive cast, starring Mbong Amata,Â Tom Sizemore,Â Vivica Fox,Â Billy Zane, HakeemÂ Kae-Kazim, Sarah Wayne Callies, Razaaq Adoti, DedeÂ Mabiaku,Â Eric Roberts,Â Larry ManettiÂ andÂ MichaelÂ Madsen.
The movieÂ was also produced in collaboration with Wilson Ebiye of Rock City Entertainment and OriÂ Ayonmike of Starkid Inc.
The film was shot on location in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and inÂ Los Angeles, California.
Starkid Inc. owns worldwide rights to the film,Â whichÂ production budgetÂ was $3.8 million.
Jeta Amata is coming from a family of veteran filmmakers (Ifoghale Amata, Zack Amata and Fred Amata)Â and it is no surprise that he soars in the world of film and entertainment.
He rose to global prominence when he produced a film/documentary for theÂ BBC, British BroadcastingÂ Corporation in 2003 using his film Game of Life as footage for the documentary.Â Black Gold will beÂ premiered at the Silverbird Galleria onÂ 24 FebruaryÂ and opened forÂ public on 25 February, 2011.