Censors delay Nigeria release of Biafran war film
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The movie director says censors are delaying the Nigerian premiere of the movie “Half of a Yellow Sun.”
The screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel is the story of two sisters caught up in Nigeria’s 1960s civil war, when the southeast tried to form an independent nation called Biafra. About 1 million people died, most of famine.
Nigerian-born British director Biyi Bandele posted a tweet Friday saying “It’s all true” that they were having difficulty with the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board. No one answered the telephone at the board Friday. Some say the film may be banned because it could whip up tribal sentiment.
It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton and made it to the top 10 in London cinemas over Easter.