FILM PROJECT IN DEVELOPMENT
Sunflowers In The Dark traces Paidamoyo’s attempts to reconcile the difficult relationship she has with her husband Kevin within the confines of the complex traditions and customs of Zimbabwean society. Unfolding as sharp-edged, non-linear and fragmented magical-realist journey, her story is told through a combination of flashbacks, dreams and real-time events. The film begins with Kevin (39) attacking a sleeping Paidamoyo (27) in a fit of rage because she has not heard their baby daughter Ruvarashe (5 months) crying. Awakened from a terrible nightmare, she is groggy and disoriented. Kevin only cares that the baby is crying – such is the couple’s daily existence. Trapped in the house with a volatile Kevin, Paidamoyo’s tale begins to unravel through her memories and dreams as she tries to make sense of her life with her husband. Haunted by terrifying dreams where a mysterious figure pursues her, her attempts to find freedom are continuously thwarted by her unstable husband. Paidamoyo begins to realise she must break free of Kevin’s grip on her before it is too late and that the answers that she seeks lie in the dreams that torment her. She tries to escape from the house and Kevin one last time.