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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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Onyeka Onwenu ...
Mama
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Okeoma
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Amala
Jude Orhorha ...
Harrison
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Miss Adebayo
Gloria Young ...
Aunty Ifeka
Tina Mba ...
Mrs. Ozobia
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Chief Okonji
Ayo Lijadu ...
Professor Ezeka
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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16 May 2014 (USA)  »

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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 is essentially a love story set in the war. See more »


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Finlandia
Written by Jean Sibelius
Arranged by Paul Thomson and Ben Onono
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A novelist film
22 June 2014 | by (Zanzibar, Tanzania) – See all my reviews

I watched this film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. It is an Okay film for the first-time director Biyi Bandele - jumping straight to big budget film ($10M). Nevertheless,  it does not deserve the golden award for best feature film. ZIFF is promoting mediocrity. There were other local African films that deserve the award - as 'local' is one of ZIFF main criteria. ZIFF is a not-for- profit organization, and it functions no different than the big-name for-profit festivals. If you don't know what I am talking about - watch the documentary Official Rejection (2009).

Hollywood actors, big-name producers from Constant Gardener, and expensive special effects did not embellish the poor directing skills of Biyi Bandele. 

To be successful in his next film project, I advise Biyi to first divorce himself from his novelist style. 

Just as acting-for-play is different than acting-for-film; the same rule applies to writing a book vs a film script; directing a play vs directing a film.

Biyi does not yet understand the job of a director. There are certainly a LOT of specific directorial responsibilities that he needs to master to become a good director.


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