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
Black Sunshine tells the story of hairdresser, Rosemary Konadu, who longs to escape her frustrating African reality, and her 12-year-old albino daughter, Coco. Rosemary feels ashamed of birthing an albino child, and ironically, of her own blackness. She is an insecure and disenchanted single mother that resorts to skin whitening products to lighten her own skin. Her emotional instability is further strained by the arrival of a white European man named Jean Savant. Rosemary pursues a tempestuous love affair with the foreigner, only to find in him a merciless mirror that confronts her to the crushing realities of her own condition. Coco struggles with her mothers rejection drive her to find solace from a mysterious black boy called Destiny. Through Destiny, Coco explores what it would feel like to belong. She is tempted to follow the call of her imaginary friend 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.