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Hollywood Stars Commend Nigerian Film-Maker Jeta Amata on ‘Black November’, Currently Showing on VOD

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Cover-Black-November1“Black November” is one of the first films that have represented a successful blend of the Nollywood and Hollywood Film Industries.

If you haven’t seen this film and you are an African living in North America, then you are definitely missing out as this is a must-watch flick.

The long-awaited Hollywood/Nollywood flick ‘Black November’ by Jeta Amata is currently showing in LA and NY Theaters, iTunes, Amazon, and is also being seen via Video On-Demand (VOD) on all TV cables and Satellite all over the United States.

The film surrounds the events in the life of a Nigerian activist character Ebiere Penema played by Mbong Amata, which led to a face-off with Nigerian militants that held U.S. citizens in a hostage crisis. Kudos to Jeta Amata for being able to pull Hollywood’s A-List names such as Academy Award (Oscar) Nominee Mickey Rourke, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner Kim Bassinger, Satellite Award Winner Sarah Wayne, and Music Super-superstar Akon and Wyclef in this masterpiece work ‘Black November’.

Jeta Amata has continued to receive several commendations on this great movie and had Award winning musician and cast Wyclef Jean tweet “Jeta Amata u are my favorite director right now.

Award-winning Actress Vivica A Fox also tweeted “Love working with you Jeta!! U rock n make it happen.

Also Stacy Ivers, former VP of Warner Bros and Universal congratulated Jeta Amata on his Facebook wall for making “an impact in a very difficult marketplace”.

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It is also not a surprise that this is the first time almost every major critic in the United States including New York Times, Hollywood Report, LA Weekly, Variety etc., are fully taking their time to review and comment on a film made by a Nollywood Director.

Keep in mind, that they usually don’t review every film, only those that have potentials for success.

New York Dailies critic, Elizabeth Weitzman also commended Jeta Amata, “his primary storyline is evident, and well-represented by his star’s soulful performance as an ordinary girl pushed to extraordinary bravery.

A notable critic, Guy Lodge also wrote in the Variety, “even modest exposure for this Nigerian-American co-production may encourage more native filmmakers to try.

It is refreshing to see Africans telling our own stories in an overly-dramatic and unapologetic way, while still using international Hollywood standards.

Simone McIntyre also tweeted, “Congratulations Jeta so wonderful to shed light on this subject with the world.

Also worthy of mention is that never has an African female activist/ hero been created and given this platform in the Nollywood Film Industry. No African director has taken such a risk and the chances taken by Jeta certainly paid off with Mbong Amata who rose to the occasion, delivered her best in the movie and refused to allow the big names to silence her opportune moment.

Other comments seen trending in this part of the world are shown below.

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All the major platforms in America are shedding light on this film, and Indiewire also contacted Jeta Amata’s PR to request a story about the making of the film because they were highly inspired with the production.

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Having E-One Entertainment also pick up this movie is another big achievement for Nollywood. E-One is the same distribution company in charge of Hunger Game & Twilight Saga, just to name a few.

This film serves as an inspiration to Nollywood directors to invest adequately into making Hollywood standard films while maintaining the authentic African story-telling roots. The audience continues to desire the blend of beloved stars from both Hollywood and Nollywood in future film productions and hopefully, Black November is the beginning of many more of its kind.

Black November is available to all on everyone’s On-Demand feature in America, so if you haven’t seen this movie, we recommend you watch it!

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45 Comments

  1. mimi

    January 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    nice…. this is the kind of movie i like to see… very impressive Jeta Amata!!!

    • Barbie

      February 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      My boo Enyinna Nwigwe repp’n

  2. real

    January 20, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Awesome!

  3. word

    January 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    So is there a reason nollywood is quiet? Na beef abi wetin we go call am now?

    • soso

      January 20, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Maybe those NBC people (abi what is the name od their stupid corporation?) are waiting for bribe or for them to remove some scenes. They also tried to frustrate half of a yellow sun, thank God their plans did not work

    • meratia

      January 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Beef oh……. Them no they learn, instead to bring out better material like jeta just did us proud. They’ll be pushing ill gotten wealth all up in our faces. Awon oni ranu

    • Tachy

      January 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

      they cants assimilate it. they want blackberry babes kind of movie.

    • Tbaby

      January 21, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Buahahahahahaha, bad mouth @Tachy…true talk though.

  4. Changing Faces

    January 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Pls when is it coming to cinemas near us? Great work Jeta

  5. imose

    January 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    @word lolzzz !
    Go Jeta Amata…that”s how we roll.

  6. HAWTTALKWITHTOSAN

    January 20, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Lovely trailer! Unfortunately they won’t show in my home town Calgary. I’ll have to wait for DVD.
    hawttalkwithtosan.blogspot.ca/

  7. Tunmi

    January 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks BN for giving Jeta, the cast and crew this platform. I will certainly find it to watch

  8. Mama

    January 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Ok, I’m renting this on iTunes, and watching this weekend… THANK YOU for raising the bar! Good work!!!!!!

  9. somt

    January 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Welldone Jeta….

  10. I'm right

    January 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Don’t tell me this film is based on the life of the great Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa with no credits given to him. I will be very disappointed.

    • Iris

      January 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Many people like Ken Saro-Wiwa have died for this cause. They probably thought of him when they made it but what made you assume it was based on his life?
      I’m so excited for this dude. He and Kunle Afolayan do really good work. I think Uche Jombo has potential too. We’ll see how far in a few years.

    • I'm

      January 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Where did the title of the film come from? Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed on the 10th of November, which is been remembered yearly by the Ogoni people. Shame, the Good luck Jonathan government has no guts to give him the recognition he deserves.

  11. benito

    January 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Where can someone living in the US watch this movie

  12. Banjo

    January 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This movie is dope. It makes me to feel the genesis of militancy in the Niger delta.

  13. MAT

    January 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Jeta is so DARING!! Luv his spirit..d only fear we have is inside of us, and once u conquer it, then u conquer the world..

  14. Ghostmode

    January 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Ewo!! See movie!! Can’t wait to see this! Thanks Jeta for the fresh air

  15. mx

    January 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    finally quality movie from nigeria…i am so proud of this guy…e don put all these talentless,runs girls,bad story to shame..tnx for making naija proud

  16. Mz Socially Awkward....

    January 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    And Lord knows that we have stories to tell. Stories! The different experiences that Nigeria has been through, across its entirety will be enough to create scripts upon scripts of compelling screenplays. Thank God that one of our crucial stories (i.e. the destruction of the Niger Delta environment, which was chiefly caused by the gross misconduct of the IOCs and the neglect of the Federal Govt) is being told to an international audience by one of our own. The late Ken Saro Wiwa was a friend and a respected colleague of my mother’s and the circumstances of his death hit us hard.

    If this script is truly based on the events which led to the end of his life, I’ll be looking forward watching it.

    • I'm

      January 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Great comment. You are very right! Mz.

  17. S!

    January 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Yall go see his Amazing Grace. Still one of my best Nigerian movies, to think the movie was made in 2004, the effects were way ahead of its time in Nollywood. Still very few films can compare to that. And it is indigenous to the Efik language.

  18. amata why now

    January 20, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Excuse me. Why all this na publicity stunts this film was done way back in 2012 so why the CHAOS. You guy met with White house reps. So why introducing. Na wa 4 naija people una wan chop again… All those messages by the actors wey long tym ago. So why make look like you did the film last. Let have Conscience NAIJA

    • Fibi

      January 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

      I give you the name ‘Bad belle No 1’.. Gino and Kelechi same person as ‘amata why now’..
      I bet you are (3 in 1) a bitter nollywood-low(no)-budget movie maker..
      Learn to appreciate good stuff ok.. e better pass you.. ntoorr

  19. Gino

    January 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Yes O. Why dis Hype on the film that was released in 2012. Una come they wear the film cloth like say na last year una do the film. And all does oyibo actors just made cameo why una come dey use them like main attraction. Jetta just tell us u wan chop again.. Naija sydrome dey worri u. U try sha because no be u do ur seF

    • Fibi

      January 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Bad belle No.2 .. shior!

  20. Kelechi

    January 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Bellanaija why una dey do wetin bad. This film wz done in 2012 and come to imagine all the message screen shot time were so close 3.13 pm . Do you mean all the actors commented on the film almost the same time. The film was wack according to hollywood reported “it lacked an appealing story”. Those hollywood didn’t do anything in the film now. They just made cameo. Wack one at dat. It was only Mbong that did ǡ great work. Nigerian we hail thEe. And pls BELLANAIJA post the comment nigerians are no dumb. Let’s the truth be told.

    • Fibi

      January 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Bad belle No.3.. pele, e dey pain you

  21. AOA

    January 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    This movie is really serious oo. the only problem is that its already online. when u release a movie in the USA its easy to find it free online. but really I give it a 10. just finished watching it now. this guy Jeta is wholesome. God bless him

  22. Astrid Prince

    January 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Just saw this movie and I can say “impressive”is an understatement.
    Please it’s a must watch…….

  23. keechi

    January 21, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Man, this looks outstanding!! *clapping hands*

  24. Me

    January 21, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Wait isn’t this the black gold movie? Or was it redone? Finally the movie is out, about time. Shey awon gbomogbomo will allow the movie and not give the guy wahala about screening it?

    I love stories like this…Really as a country Nigeria has been through a lot, infact the whole African Continent.

  25. Halia

    January 21, 2015 at 3:00 am

    So proud of him and this genius work! Oh Naija. Rich and full of talent, potential, and more! ..#repNaija #trendsetting

  26. fleur

    January 21, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Just rented the HD version on google play. Planning to watch at my hectic job tomorrow when I feel like blowing a fuse.

  27. morsadh

    January 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Must have had a good reason for releasing it after all these years. However, this movie has what I would call ‘mad’ potential. I watched the trailer and I was like ‘OK, whoa’! If this movie lives up to expectations, the sky is the limit for Mr. Amata. Looking forward to seeing the movie when it lands in our cinemas.

  28. Omoté

    January 21, 2015 at 8:47 am

    He has taken nigerian movie making several notches higher! All doz their horrible Nollywood princess n prince plus igwe movies dey churn out everyday dat will nah get part 1-4, was tortured with one of dem at a salon once. Unluckily 4me dat day, I was aving braids done so I was doomed to watching all 4 parts.

  29. Propertymarket234

    January 21, 2015 at 9:24 am

    wow! didn’t know it was that wonderful. I get to go see the movie then here in Nigeria! anyone got idea if it is shown at any cinemas in Naija yet?

    • Grace

      February 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Been pirated and sold on the streetz. too sad

  30. Ada

    January 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Kudos Jeta,……going to the Cinema!

  31. Abdoul ly

    March 10, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Je viens juste de regarder le film, c’est tellement origine que je me suis mis à rechercher les producteurs. Merci pour ce bon film qui traduit fidélement les réalitès. (je n’ose pas dire realité nigérienne parce que je suis sénégalais)
    Vraiment chapeau c’est un tres bon film

  32. samuel idubor

    October 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Nigerian most get there, we are getting closer by the day good movies. comment,

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