Half of a Yellow Sun: Nigeria novel comes to the big screen
24 October 2013 Last updated at 23:12 BST
Half of a Yellow Sun, a much-praised and well-loved novel written by Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, tells the story of two sisters during the Biafran War in the 1960s.
Playwright Biyi Bandele adapted the book into a movie for his directing debut and the film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Chiwetel Ejiofor co-stars alongside Thandie Newton.
BBC Africa's Komla Dumor met the director and asked him about the challenges of turning one of the continent's most beloved books into a film.
Film clips courtesy of Slate Films
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