The Oratory

2020

3/5
The Oratory

Summary

“The Oratory” is a movie about a Black-American Catholic priest who struggles to find his purpose. After he finds inspiration from the life of Don Bosco in Rome, he begins on his journey of a life dedicated to helping others (specifically the youth) in a place he’d never thought he’d go, Africa.

Production: Don Bosco Nigeria and Salesian Anglophone West Africa

Direction: Obi Emelonye

Starring: Rich Lowe, Florence Okechukwu, Charles Ukpong Temidayo Akinboro, Lawrence Nwali, Stephen Ogunnote, Enyinna Nwigwe, David Davidson, Andrea Ferrara

Release Date: February 19th, 2020

Genre: Drama

Run time: 2hrs

Rating: 3/5

Review

The Oratory follows Reverend Father Michael Simmons, an African American Catholic priest sent to a posh parish in Ikoyi from Turin, Italy. On arriving in Nigeria, the young priest is introduced to the cruel realities of street kids from Makoko.

He sympathizes with them and wants to help, but to do so, he must step on the toes of his parish’s senior members and has to confront Shuga, the ruthless kingpin who controls Makoko and has the street kids locked up in servitude. Inspired by the story of St. John Bosco, Father Michael risks everything, including his safety, to help the boys.

The film, which is produced by The Nollywood Factory in conjunction with the Salesians of Don Bosco, features a mix of Italian, Nigerian and American actors. American actor and singer, Rich Lowe plays the African American Catholic priest, Michael Simmons. Other cast members include Enyinna Nwigwe, Lawrence Nwali, Florence Okechukwu, Charles Ukpong, Stephen Ogunnote, Andrea Ferrara and David Davidson.

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