BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood filmmaker, Doris Ariole’s Benevolence, took centre stage in Orlando Florida, USA, last week as she unveiled her first Christian movie to fans in the United States.
Benevolence earned a place in Hollywood after it was selected and nominated for ‘Most Inspirational Feature Film’ at the International Christian Film Festival in Orlando, April 2016. Benevolence will be screened for two consecutive weekends starting August 12 in Orlando.
Doris Ariole met the sponsors of the Orlando premiere and screening at the festival held in April. Speaking to the press after the screening, the filmmaker said Benevolence, a genre of Christian Romance, is about a young woman called Ruth, her tenacity to hold on to her faith in God despite hard times, to keep her hope alive for a better tomorrow and insist on the kind love that she believes she deserves. The film is partly inspired by Ruth and Boaz’ story in the bible, but spiced up in a thought-provoking and incredible storytelling manner.
It features top acts in Nollywood including Kalu Ikeagwu, Ijeoma Peters, Emeka Smith (the comedian), Tim Godfrey (award winning gospel artist), Patrick Doyle, Chioma Nwosu and model-singer Fragrance Kayoh.
On why she ventured into Christian movie, Doris said, “I make Christian movies because God called me to do so. Christian movies weren’t my initial plan, I just wanted to make ‘morally correct movies’.
“But over time in my relationship with God I realised how He wanted me to use the creative talent He blessed me with. My film production company is called Hadassah Studios, that’s the Jewish name of Queen Esther of the Bible,” she said.