Half of a Yellow Sun” to Open 2013 Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival
The film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s prize winning and widely-acclaimed novel Half of a Yellow Sun will open the 8th annual Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival.
The film’s writer-director is Biyi Bandele, a prolific novelist and playwright noted for his stage version of the late Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
The story centers on two sisters who are caught within Nigeria during the Biafran War in the 1960s. The lives of the wealthy Nigerian sisters, a professor and a houseboy become intertwined as tragedies and chaos ensue—within both the family and the revolting nation—over the course of a decade. From the producers of The Last King of Scotland and The Constant Gardener, Half of a Yellow Sun is Nollywood’s most expensive production to date. The British/Nigerian co-production, shot in both countries, is one of the most anticipated films of the year and features such talents as Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.
Nigerian novelist Chimamanda appeared on the Africa Channel’s primetime series Behind the Words in 2011 to talk about her acclaimed novel. She answered many questions about the story and discussed the process behind writing her book. Originally educated at the University of Nigeria in pharmaceutical medicine, Chimamanda later received her master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins and a Master of Arts in African studies from Harvard University. She is currently married and travels often to Nigeria to host workshops.
The Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival was established in 2006 as an annual celebration of Caribbean cinema. The festival boasts an array of cinematic screenings from around the globe, as well as workshops, seminars and panel discussions. The Film Festival dates are September 17th – October 1st. This year’s Festival will close with another much-anticipated film, Tula: The Revolt.
A Dutch film, but entirely in English, Tula accounts the story of one man, Tula, and how his bravery and fighting spirit lead to an uprising against the Dutch colonials of Curacao in 1795. After hearing of revolts in neighboring colonies, Tula and his fellow slaves inspire peaceful resistance for their independence. Directed by Jeroen Leinders, Tula: The Revolt should conclude the festival triumphantly. Tickets for the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival can be purchased at the venues or online at MovieTowne and The Little Carib Theatre.