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Get a First Look at the Film Adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun

Finally, Half of a Yellow Sun is coming to the big screen! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s brilliant novel of love and loss has been made into a movie that will make its festival debut this September.

Nigerian novelist and playwright Biyi Bandele adapted and directed the film, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, and Anika Noni Rose. The sweeping film spans years and follows four people whose lives are thrown into turmoil by the outbreak of the Biafran war, depicting their struggles against the backdrop of a Nigeria at war with itself.

Adichie—whose new novel, Americanah, is now available—won the Orange Price for Fiction in 2007 for Half of a Yellow Sun. Now, the movie, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, appears poised to earn honors of its own. Stay tuned for more information on its theatrical release, and take a sneak peek at the film here!