Half of a Yellow Sun Poster

Release Date: May 16th, 2014

DVD Release Date: July 29th, 2014

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
Twin sisters (Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose) from a wealthy Nigerian family take wildly different paths in life, but both become swept up in the struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic.

Cast: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, John Boyega, Babou Ceesay, Genevieve Nnaji

Director: Biyi Bandele

Genres: Drama

Production Co: British Film Institute, Lipsync Productions

Distributors: Monterey Media

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Half of a Yellow Sun is the kind of ambitious literary adaptation that wants it all kinds of ways, not all of them compatible. show more

  • The film is well acted all around and the excellent art direction brings the ’60s to colorful life. But Bandele struggles to balance an epic story of civil war and death against the equally epic story of sisters whose lives are forever changed by circumstances they can’t control. show more

  • I'm sorry to report that Biyi Bandele's would-be saga, based on the celebrated novel by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, is disappointing, a romance pastiche that muddles the politics of the period beyond comprehension. show more

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