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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun 2012

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Half of a Yellow Sun 2012 15

Nigeria Director. Biyi Bandele-Thomas

Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are strikingly beautiful middle-class twins in newly independent Nigeria. Their fractious relationship is typified by their very different choices of lovers – Olanna’s partner is a radical professor Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) while Kainene’s lover Richard (Joseph Mawle) is an English writer. But their rivalries are set aside as they become swept up in the turbulence of the Nigerian civil war, throwing them together and violently tearing them apart in ways they could have never imagined.

Nigerian writer and director Biyi Bandele’s excellent feature debut is an astute adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s highly acclaimed novel of the same name, which won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2007. The film played at the BFI London Film Festival in 2013.

Directed by

Biyi Bandele-Thomas

Featuring

Thandie Newton

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Joseph Mawle

Collection

Discoveries

Certificate

15 Contains strong violence and sex

Released

2012

Country

Nigeria

Language

English

Production company

Shareman Media Limited

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Nigerian Civil War drama, celebrated by a panel including actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and filmmaker Biyi Bandele.

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