( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Netflix’s Original Movie “Blood Vessel,” Premiered on December 8th
ENSPIRE Contributor: Aiyanna Hawkins
Looking for a new Netflix thriller to binge watch this holiday season? In this Nigerian original film, six individuals escaping their oil-polluted town become stowaways on a mysterious ship. On this journey, they have to fight for survival which tests their friendships, loyalty, and love. “Blood Vessel” features an ensemble cast including Adaobi Dibor, David Ezekiel, Jidekene Achufusi, Sylvester Ekanem, Levi Chikere, Obinna Okenwa, Alex Cyr Budin, and René Mena. Due to premiere on December 8th, this film is executive produced by Charles Okpaleke from Play Network Studios.
The “Blood Vessel” film is set in Southern Nigeria, where the characters Abbey, Boma, Degbe, Olotu, Tekena, and Oyinbraekemi abandon their village in the Niger Delta region all for different reasons. Tekena and Olotu sail for the American Dream, Boma and Degbe escape the military after a violent protest, and Abbey and Oyinbraekemi, ill-fated lovers, try to escape destiny. The film features numerous plot twists and at-sea drama.
“Acting, to me, is the highest form of empathy. Taking on the entirety of Oyin’s pain, joy, sadness, and giving her a voice is one of the best experiences I have had. I’ll do it a thousand times over.’ states Adaobi Dibor, actor in “Blood Vessel”.
Produced by Charles Okpaleke, Arafat Bello-Osagie, Roxanne Adekunle-Wright, and Agozie Ugwu, “Blood Vessel” discusses the immigration narrative from low-income countries. It delves into the themes of desperation, determination, and survival. This film is so much more than its tell-tale story but shows the representation of immigrants and the struggles they encounter.
“In developing countries like Nigeria, there’s immense potential across industries, and it’s crucial for Africans to authentically share our stories—raw, unfiltered, showcasing both successes and challenges. Our experiences are uniquely ours, and we must tell them with excellence, professionalism, honesty, and precision, as no one else can fully understand or convey them better than we can.” – Charles Okpaleke, Producer and Executive Producer of “Blood Vessel.”
With a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes, this Netflix Original is presented in Ijaw and Pidgin English, with additional spoken languages including Russian and Igbo. Subtitles are available.