To issue the film 'Half of a Yellow Sun' with a Rating certificate in Nigeria.
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When creativity is hindered because of a perception of an individual or a board, and not necessarily due to a broken regulation, it should be a concern to all.
It is for this reason I decided to start this petition. My name is Jide Salu, and let me put it on record that I am not in anyway connected with the production of this film. I am just a passionate movie fan.
Creativity in Nigeria is being threatened at the moment and I need your help to put an immediate STOP to what might become a trend if we don't act now.
A film based on a novel by the celebrated writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, directed by Biy Bandele starring an assembly of talented actors such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and John Boyega spent weeks on location in Nigeria to make history as the highest budgeted Nigerian film to date ever to be made. $10m it cost.
Right now, another sort of history is in the making, that is, if we, the movie fans all over the world let it.
'Half of a Yellow Sun' has been banned in Nigeria after its premiere had taken place. Never heard of before. Never happened before. No prior warning was issued. No official reasons given. Just banned.
It's been 6 weeks today since Distributors filed an application for the rating of the Film. The rating normally takes a day or 2. The Nigeria Censors Board has not issued a rating certificate, has not censored the film, and has not provided any written communication of the reason for the delay. There is no formal communication of the "unresolved issues" as stated in a press release or how they want them "sorted out".
This petition is calling on the Nigeria's National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to reconsider plans to BAN this film 'Half of a Yellow Sun' and issue it with a RATING as well as a GENERAL RELEASE CERTIFICATE.
To give you a brief insight into what the fuss is about, kindly take time to read (below) Monica Mark's brilliant caption on the make-up of the film.
The screening of the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling civil war novel Half of a Yellow Sun has been BANNED (updated) by censors in Nigeria amid suggestions it could whip up tribal sentiment in Africa's most populous country.
The widely praised film is an intimate portrait of the lives of two sisters against the backdrop of Nigeria's 1967–1970 civil war, in which a doomed attempt by Igbo secessionists to carve a sovereign state of Biafra left almost 1 million dead, largely through starvation.
The film, which made it to the top 10 in London cinemas over Easter, stars Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, nominated for best actor at the Academy Awards for his role in 12 Years a Slave.
"We're very shocked and surprised. It's a complete mystery why it's been delayed," said Biyi Bandele, the award-winning director of the film, who said officials from Nigeria's National Film and Video Censors Board had failed to approach him with any concerns since a worldwide premiere to great acclaim at the Toronto film festival in September 2013.
More than four decades on, the Biafra War remains a contentious topic in a country where history has recently been removed from the standard secondary school curriculum.
The film board has delayed giving a certification, which means distributors risk falling foul of the law if they show the film in public places. Board spokesman Caesar Kagho told AFP there were "regulatory issues" with the release.
Distributors told the Guardian the delays resulted from officials bickering over how the film would be received in a country where more than 250 ethnic groups have sometimes clashed with devastating results. The forthcoming 2015 general elections have taken on an ethnic tone. "It's purely political," said the director of a multinational cinema chain.
Director Bandele, himself a southern Yoruba who grew up in the north of the country, has repeatedly said the movie could help Nigeria confront its bloody past.
"Our country wouldn't be divided more than ever today if we had actually dealt with the root causes of the war, instead of just pretending it had never happened. This film is actually a cautionary tale – I don't think anybody is going to watch it and be incited to war or division," Bandele, said.
The war was triggered when the eastern region, dominated by members of the Igbo ethnic group, tried to secede from the newly independent Nigeria.
If you agree with me that 'half of a Yellow Sun' should not be banned without any reason, then please kindly sign my petition to the Nigeria's National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) calling on it to give it a rating certificate.
#ReleaseHOAYSMovie has been created to further increase awareness.
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