‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Censorship: Film Distributor, Censors Board, Security Operatives...

‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Censorship: Film Distributor, Censors Board, Security Operatives Meet

By Vanguard on May 3, 2014
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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton in a still shot of the film, Half of A Yellow Sun

There are strong indications that the internationally acclaimed film, “Half of a Yellow Sun” which is currently facing roadblock in Nigeria after its world premiere in Canada last year, may begin showing in the cinemas across the country any moment from next week.

HVP, learnt about this new development during the week, after a close-door meeting involving a team of security operatives, representatives of censors board and the distributors of the film was held at the FilmHouse, in Surulere, Lagos. During the meeting, which lasted for a few hours, our source disclosed that the film was screened to the audience to enable the security operatives assess it as well as make their recommendations.

An adaptation of Chimamanda’s Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning novel, the film was supposed to have started showing in the cinemas since Friday, April 25. But had to be stopped by the National Film and Video Censor Board, NFVCB, which has delayed its registration over “some unresolved issues which have to be sorted out.”

Meanwhile, many commentators on social media believe that the film was stopped from getting into the market due to the parts that tend to whip up tribal sentiments, especially on issues that led to the Nigerian civil war. The board is said to be afraid that tribal rivalries could be inflamed if the movie is shown in the cinemas across the country.

“The film is “a beautiful production, ” but the only problem is that the distributors did not follow the normal procedures before releasing the film into the market,”a source who was at the meeting told HVP. He assured that as soon as the board receives the recommendations of the security operatives, they would not hesitate to certify the film.

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