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Half of a Yellow Sun


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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

NOTE: Violence and sex scenes.

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Half of a Yellow Sun is a 2013 Nigerian historical drama film directed by Biyi Bandele, packaged on DVD.

From the producers of The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland, Half of a Yellow Sun is based on the best selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of war.

When civil war breaks out in Nigeria in the late 1960s, political lines are drawn and families are forced to scatter. Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Olanna (Thandie Newton) find themselves in the middle of an escalating conflict that drives them from their university-town home and threatens Olanna’s rela­tionship with her sister, Kainene (Anika Noni Rose).

As the war escalates, and the situation in the newly established Biafra becomes increasingly hopeless, Odenigbo, Olanna and their family struggle in the face of hardships of every kind – yet still find a way to survive.

Half of a Yellow Sun Movie Reviews

“An impressive film on many levels, and a significant achievement for the embryonic Nigerian film industry.” David Stratton, The Australian

“It's a superb piece of work: fresh, harrowing and very humane.” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Absolutely brilliant” Natarsha Belling, Channel 10's WAKE UP

“Superb performances” Variety

“An epic and striking adaptation…Powerful and moving” Screen International

“[Ejiofor] gives a nuanced and powerful performance” The Independent

“Shocking, energetic and wallop-packing” The Hollywood Reporter

“Gorgeous, evocative and easily the highlight of Newton's achi­evements as an actress” Vanity Fair

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September 11th, 2014
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  • Nigeria
  • Drama
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  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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