By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Former “Walking Dead” actress Sarah Wayne Callies considers herself to be a pretty hardy traveler, having visited refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan as part of her humanitarian work. But nothing could prepare her for shooting on location in rural Nigeria for an indie film called “Black November.”
In it, she plays an American TV news correspondent based in Nigeria covering the region when a volatile, oil-rich local community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills.
To seek justice, a rebel organization kidnaps an American oil executive (“The Wrestler’s” Mickey Rourke) in Los Angeles and demands that his corporation end the destruction and pollution his company has caused in Nigeria. The even escalates the crisis abroad.
Inspired by true events, “Black November,” is the gripping story of how a community rises up and takes drastic measures to ensure their voices are heard.
Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata (“The Amazing Grace”) directed the political drama and wrote the screenplay. In addition to Callies and Rourke, the film stars Anne Heche and Kim Basinger as well as the musicians Akon and Wyclef Jean.