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REVIEW: “Half Of A Yellow Sun” Adaptation Tackles A Violent History With A Emphasis On Humanity

A still shot from the film, Half of a Yellow Sun, starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor Half of a Yellow Sun is now available on iTunes and other video streaming services.  by Lisa Nielson  The film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun is subtle and engrossing. Directed by Nigerian playwright Biyi Bandele, the film stars British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, supported by a strong ensemble cast of Nigerian and British actors. Half of a Yellow Sun received mixed reviews in the US and Europe, and was further overshadowed by Ejiofor’s critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. In an additional complication, the film was originally supposed to open in Nigeria shortly after its release in Europe and the US, however, the Nigerian Film... Read More →

Finally! “Half Of A Yellow Sun” Trailer Hits The Web

After months of little publicity, the official trailer for "Half Of A Yellow Sun" has been released, weeks ahead of the film's debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September.    The big screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's acclaimed 2006 novel has been in the works since 2008. First-time director Biyi Bandele, celebrated Nigerian novelist and playwright, has ushered the project from script to screen.    Unlike most productions in Nollywood, Nigeria's film industry, "Half of A Yellow Sun" has serious Hollywood power in its starting line-up: Thandie Newton (Crash), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) all star. No formal release date has been announced. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think. (Be warned: there are 10 seconds of... Read More →

VIDEO: “Nollywood” Brings Adaptation of Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”

If you can't find the art you want, make it yourself. That was famously the mindset of Jay-Z, when the rapper started Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and that DIY approach animates "Nollywood," the Nigerian film industry. Approximately 1,000 Nigerian movies are produced each year, surpassing the 800 films churned out annually in the U.S. For innovators everywhere, digital innovations have lowered technological barriers and production costs. Without a formal distribution model, Nigerian film prospers—many movies are watched at home in a nation of few theaters. One of this year’s most anticipated projects is the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun, scheduled for release in November 2013. The book won an Anisfield-Wolf award for fiction in 2007.... Read More →
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