Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and written/directed by playwright Biyi Bandele, Half of a Yellow Sun follows sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) as their lives diverge once they return to Nigeria from a stint in England. While Olanna defies her family by going to live with lover Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Kainene becomes a fiercely successful businesswoman who falls in love with an English writer. The two get wrapped up in the events of the Nigerian Civil War, with the film focusing on how the conflict between the Igbo and the Biafra changed the lives of Olanna and Kainene and how a single betrayal can change a relationship forever.
Half of a Yellow Sun, which first premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival before debuting in the UK, Lagos, and Nigeria this year, also stars Onyeka Onwemu (Mama), Genevieve Nnaji (The Mirror Boy), Joseph Mawle (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), John Boyega (Attack the Block), and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails).
You can check out a trailer for Half of a Yellow Sun below.
Will you be watching Half of a Yellow Sun? Do you think the film will be a faithful adaptation of Adichie’s novel? If you’ve already seen the movie, would you like more of its ilk to both be created and receive important exposure?