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Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 2014 (USA)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

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Mama
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Amala
Jude Orhorha ...
Harrison
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Ayo Lijadu ...
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Naya Amobi ...
Arize
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

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Divided by war. United by love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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NGN 1,270,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,843 (USA) (16 May 2014)

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$53,645 (USA) (8 August 2014)
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The film reunites Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, whom both appeared in starring roles in the apocalypse drama, 2012 (2009) See more »


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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Sinfonia Varsovia
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Worst adaptation ever
27 August 2014 | by (Cape Town,South Africa) – See all my reviews

I am currently studying the book for my literature program, so I thought I would watch the movie just to visualize things and unfortunately I wish I had not done that because now I cannot unsee it Olanna is described as a bit curvy, Kainene has a cold personality but opposite is the case in the film. Ugwu appears for a few seconds, as if he is some extra character, the Kano massacre was so vague ,the tragedies that took place were just summarized, instead the director made it all about Olanna and Kainene and their man problems. The movie lacks the depth that the novel holds and has ruined the novel's prestige,to be honest . We don't even get to see Ugwu's transition from a naive rural boy to an almost well groomed young man, now literate and able to write a novel.My advice, go buy the book and read it instead because the visuals you will have when reading are much better than this movie.


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