GRANTS & SUPPORT Produire au Sud Workhop, 2010 Amiens Screenplay Fund Finalist, 2011 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, 2012 Locarno Film Festival Open Doors, 2012 Tribeca Heineken Affinity Award, 2013 Durban FilmMart, 2013 ARTE France International Prize, 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2013 Berlinale Talents Script Station, 2014 SØRFOND Norweign Film Fund, 2014 Berlinale World Cinema Fund, 2014 IFP No Borders Market, 2014 Tribeca All Access grant, 2015
Black Sunshine tells the story of hairdresser, ROSEMARY KONADU, and her 12-year-old albino daughter, COCO. Rosemary longs to escape her frustrating African reality. She feels ashamed of birthing an albino child, and ironically, of her own Blackness. An insecure and disenchanted single mother, Rosemary relies on skin lightening products and unavailable men to escape her own reality. In hopes of rescue, Rosemary pursues a tempestuous love affair with JEAN SAVANT, a European man, only to find in him a merciless reflection of her own miserable existence. Unloved and neglected by her mother, Coco struggles to find her place in the world. A lonely wanderer, she finds solace in a mysterious boy, FORTUNE. Through Fortune, Coco explores what it feels like to belong and is tempted to follow his call into the world beyond.
Black Sunshine examines albino Africans as tropes for cross-cultural identity while creatively engaging in representations of beauty and unbalanced power relations in the intricacies of everyday life.