The Indie Film Corner: “Half of a Yellow Sun”

The USCB Center for the Arts presents the Indie Film “Half of a Yellow Sun” on Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m.

The film is directed by Biyi Bandele and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.

In “Half of a Yellow Sun,” Olanna (Thandie  Newton) and Kainene (Anika  Noni  Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon  returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the  two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary  professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel  Ejiofor) and his devoted houseboy Ugwu (John  Boyega) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she take over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph  Mawle), an English writer.

Preoccupied by their romantic entanglements, and a betrayal between the sisters, the events of their life seem to loom larger than politics. However, they become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil  war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic, ending in chilling violence that shocked the entire world.

A sweeping romantic drama, “Half of a Yellow Sun” takes the sisters and their lovers on a journey through the war that is powerful, intensely emotional and, as the response of readers around the world has shown,it is a story which can touch everyone’s heart.

Tickets are adults $7, senior $6, students $7. USCB Center for the Arts is located at 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. Contact the box office at 843-521-4145 or email bhargrov@uscb.edu or visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.

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