Currently adjudged Africa’s biggest export movie, the title, ‘In the Creek’ is as real and self-explanatory as the story itself, told genuinely by those affected. The movie is set on the backdrop of the pain, neglect, sufferings, marginalization, deprivation and exploitation of the people and lands from where Nigeria derives over 80% of its national wealth.
It is a revealing story of how so much is taken from a people and how so little is done for and to them. It is a story that shows the premium that is placed on crude oil as against the lives of people who have over the years, gone about their businesses not knowing what magnitude of resources they sat on; as they never depended on it. But like rational human beings that they are, the movie is a compelling story of how these people rose to fight for their rights, their lives, and their source of livelihood.
It is simply the movie that tells you about the struggle of and what really happened in the creeks. You can call it ‘The Letter of the Niger Delta written to fellow Nigerians and the world”. The movie which depicts battle scenes, is dramatized with actual battlefield equipment in communities in the Niger-Delta, Johannesburg and London. The movie boasts of the best of acts and production crew from Africa, America and Europe.
What Makes This Movie Different From Others
1. The movie is dramatized on REAL battlefields with original props such as fighter jets, armored tankers, Gun boats, oil rig explosions etc.
2. It is an ‘action thriller’ genre of movie which is arguably new in the collection of cinema movies out of Africa.
3. We know Africa and Nigeria in particular isn’t synonymous or well received for ‘action packed’ movies. So the movie has on its production team some of the world’s best stunt masters and crew who have worked on projects such as Spartacus, Expendables 6, and Fast & Furious.
4. The movie is a real life story which was dramatized and not narrated, using in its cast, real militants who have now discovered their potentials in acting.
5. The movie is lip-synced in over 5 different foreign languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Cantonese etc. This enables the movie break the barrier of language with its audience globally.
6. The sensitivity and quality of the movie enables it boast of adequate investment of time and attention to details. It took over 4 years to produce.
7. The movie is setting aside a percentage of the income made to NGOs who are working to rehabilitate and restore peace in these regions.