Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Watch First Episode of ABC's New Series 'Black-ish' Now Antoine Fuqua Confirms He'll Be Partnering w/ Denzel Washington on a 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Antoine Fuqua Confirms He'll Be Partnering w/ Denzel Washington on a 'Magnificent Seven' Remake It's a Done Deal - Paramount Pictures Will Distribute Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Worldwide It's a Done Deal - Paramount Pictures Will Distribute Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Worldwide Interview: Taraji P. Henson On 'No Good Deed' and A Woman's Intuition Interview: Taraji P. Henson On 'No Good Deed' and A Woman's Intuition 'Matthew 18' - "The Scariest African American Film... Ever!" - Gets a Full Trailer + Release Date 'Matthew 18' - "The Scariest African American Film... Ever!" - Gets a Full Trailer + Release Date Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia' Crowdfund This: 'Newlyweeds' Star Trae Harris Is a 150-year-old African American Vampire in 'Octavia' Black Kids from Ferguson Speak Out in 'Hey White People' Comedic Video Educating Whites on Racism Black Kids from Ferguson Speak Out in 'Hey White People' Comedic Video Educating Whites on Racism First Release Poster for 'Dear White People' Illustrates One Thing White People Shouldn't Do to Black People First Release Poster for 'Dear White People' Illustrates One Thing White People Shouldn't Do to Black People African Americans on TV Guide’s "TV’s Highest Paid Stars 2014" List. You Might Be Surprised African Americans on TV Guide’s "TV’s Highest Paid Stars 2014" List. You Might Be Surprised After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million After Bidding War, Paramount in Talks to Acquire Chris Rock’s 'Top Five' for $12.5 Million 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

New Stateside Release Trailer For 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' As Nigeria Release Remains In Limbo

Shadow and Act By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 5, 2014 at 12:19PM

New Stateside Release Trailer For 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' As Nigeria Release Remains In Limbo
1
Half Of A Yellow Sun

Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun - a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name - opened in UK theaters 3 Fridays ago, April 11, and was to open in Nigeria, where the film is set, on Friday, April 25, but that didn't happen, as its release date was postponed to May 2nd, due to "delays in getting certification from Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board."

The film's Nigeria debut date was been postponed once again last week, for the very same reasons, although no specific future date was given this time around.

Needless to say, many in Nigeria, who were eagerly anticipating the film's opening today, continue to be disappointed.

Government censors say that they have delayed the release of the film because "it might incite violence in the country" given its subject matter - specifically, a scene that details a massacre at a northern Nigerian airport - in light of current political turmoil within the country. Nevermind that it's a film whose backdrop -  the Biafran war, which saw millions killed - is based on fact. The Censors Board might not be giving Nigerian audiences enough credit. Ultimately, this will likely end up being much ado about nothing, and the noise created by the film's release delays may actually drowned out any made by audiences about the content, after the film is finally released.

Those in the USA will be familiar with these kinds of concerns; just ask Spike Lee, as one example, whose incendiary Do The Right Thing was a concern for distributors and theaters, who feared that the film would spark riots and violence. It didn't.

Author of the novel, Adichie, has her own theories, which she expressed in an op-ed for The New Yorker, published last week, in which she essentially scolds the Nigerian government for trying run, as well as shield Nigerians from the country's history. Although she also attempts to make sense of the Censor Board's ambivalence:

The censors’ action is a knee-jerk political response, yet there is a sense in which it is not entirely unreasonable. Nigeria is on edge, with upcoming elections that will be fiercely contested, religion and ethnicity increasingly politicized, and Boko Haram committing mass murders and abductions. In a political culture already averse to openness, this might seem a particularly appropriate time for censorship. But we cannot hide from our history. Many of Nigeria’s present problems are, arguably, consequences of an ahistorical culture. As a child, I sometimes found rusted bullets in our garden, reminders of how recent the war had been. My parents are still unable to talk in detail about certain war experiences. The past is present, and we are better off acknowledging it and, hopefully, learning from it.

You can read the full insightful piece HERE.

Half Of A Yellow Sun hits USA theaters, courtesy of Monterey Media, on May 16th, without any delays, I'm sure - 11 days from today.

It will also screen at the upcoming New York African  Film Festival which opens this week (May 7 - 13).

Biyi Bandele's feature film directorial debut stars Chiwetel EjioforThandie Newton, John BoyegaAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960s Nigeria as the backdrop.

Produced by Bafta award-winner Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Ega (The Constant Gardner), the film is a British/Nigerian co-production and was shot at Tinapa Film Studio in Nigeria and in the UK.

For more info on the film's release, visit http://montereymedia.com/halfofayellowsun/.

Monterey has debuted a new Stateside release trailer, featuring new footage, which is embedded below:

This article is related to: Trailers, Biyi Bandele, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose


Shadow & ActNewsletter