Half of a Yellow Sun is a film set in the early days of Nigerian independence, covering the 1960s decade. Based on a book, written by Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this film tells the story through the eyes of four people closely linked to each other, as they celebrate the early good days of Nigeria. Then closely followed the Biafran War, when southern provinces fought to create their own country named Biafra.
This film is based on true events of the war which occurred from July 1967 until January 1970 when the Nigerian army gained control of the breakaway republic again. During this time thousands of lives were lost.
The title refers to the flag of the Biafran republic which had half of a yellow sun as its emblem. As very little political background is given in this story, it is hard for the audience to understand the reason why the breakaway province was created.
This film is worth watching, from a historical perspective to view the racism of black against black. Though this storyline is based around a middle class family, they quickly lose all in the continuing factional fighting and find themselves in the same situation as their fellow villagers - just trying to survive a war they didn't want.