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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)|
Date of birth:
1967, Kafanchan, northern Nigeria
Biyi Bandele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(novel)
Ben Onono, Paul Thomson
Nigeria | UK
Based on the Orange prize-winning novel of the same name, Bandele’s adaptation insightfully portrays the Nigerian civil war by exploring its abiding impact on his characters’ lives.
Focusing on sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and the sardonic Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), the film charts their experiences, from optimistic beginnings upon Nigeria’s independence from Britain in 1960, to the uneasy adjustment to a new order, and the bloody conflict that ensues.
Attention rests primarily on erudite Olanna who moves to Nsukka to join her lover, Odenigbo (12 Years a Slave’s superb Chiwetel Ejiofor), an impassioned but carousing sceptic. Ideas of lecturing and starting a family are quickly thwarted when the scale of ethnic tensions develops and Odenigbo commits an act of betrayal that may be impossible for Olanna to forgive.
Conflating the personal with the political to skilful effect, this is a moving account of a significant, turbulent time. --IFI
During the mid-to-late sixties, twin sisters Olanna and Kainene return to Nigeria after their education in England, they make decisions that shock their family.
Olanna moves in with her lover, the ‘revolutionary professor’ Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his houseboy Ugwu (John Boyega) while Kainene takes over the family interests and pursues a career as a businesswoman, falling in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer.
As the Igbo people struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, the sisters become caught up in the shocking violence of the Nigerian Civil War and a betrayal that threatens their family forever.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje
Selected filmography of Biyi Bandele
- Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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