Films from the African Diaspora at the TIFF 2013

Check out this year’s films from the African Diaspora at the Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s listings include films such as Half of a Yellow Sun and 12 Years a Slave. Half of a Yellow Slave is the directorial debut from celebrated playwright Biyi Bandele. It is an adaption of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel and it chronicles the captivating journey of two women during the tumult of Nigeria’s independence and ensuing Nigerian-Biafran War (1967-1970), a conflict prompted by the attempted secession of Nigeria’s southeastern region and its formation into the short-lived Republic of Biafra. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A SlaveChildren of Men) and Thandie Newton (CrashThe Pursuit of Happyness) star in this epic chronicle of family ties and war. 

12 Years a Slave, from director Steve McQueen, is based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Chiwetel Ejiofor leads a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard and Benedict Cumberbatch. 12 Years a Slave communicates the horrors of slave society and the physical experience of slavery in one unforgettable film. 

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