Half of a Yellow Sun

2013

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Director: Biyi Bandele

Screenplay by: Biyi Bandele based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Producer: Andrea Calderwood

Executive Producers: Muhtar Bakare, Gail Egan, Peter Hampden, Norman Merry, Yewande Sadiku

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle) an English writer. Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra an independent republic, ending in chilling violence which shocked the entire country and the world.

Half of a Yellow Sun takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war which is powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown, it is a story which can touch everyone’s heart.

Awards:
Black Reel Awards 2015: Nominated, Outstanding Foreign Film
Image Awards 2015: Nominated, Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Oslo Films from the South Festival 2014: Nominated, Best Feature

 

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