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A Wedding Gets Dramatically Disrupted in 'Half of a Yellow Sun' Trailer

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Jul 23, 2013 | 4:12pm EDT

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Time for a brief history lesson: in 1967, the southeast region of Nigeria succeeded from the rest of the country, forming the Republic of Biafra. This triggered a three-year civil war, which is the setting for the film Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The drama follows twin sisters Olanna and Kainene as their lives are dramatically changed by the events of the Biafran War. As the trailer shows, it was an extremely tumultuous time. Weddings were interrupted by bombs going off. Along with the violence and destruction, the sisters also face personal troubles with their respective lovers.

Half of a Yellow Sun, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose, does not have a release date yet, but it will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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