Highly Anticipated ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ to Premiere at Fespaco
It was just a week ago that FESPACO, Africa’s biggest film festival, launched its 23rd year showcasing films from the continent. The setting for this year’s festival is Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city. However, this year the gala instituted a groundbreaking shift. “The first big change you’ll notice in 2013 is that all the chairpersons of the juries are women. They are all working, professional, African women. Seven out of seven,” elaborates festival director Michael Ouedraogo in an interview transcribed on Indiewire.com. Featuring nearly 170 films, this year’s competition represents some of the best that Morocco, Zimbabwe, Gabon and Nigeria have to offer, including the premiere of the film adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun starring American Gangster star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Crash star Thandie Newton, 24’s Hakeem Kae Kazim, and Dreamgirl Anika Noni Rose.
The much anticipated movie is the original seed of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Africa Channel featured the Nigerian-born Yale graduate in an episode of Behind the Words. The highly acclaimed writer gushed about her inspiration for writing and how she doesn’t allow being an African to confine her.
Will you be seeing Half of a Yellow Sun when it hits theaters later this year?
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