SCREENPLAY: PETER GODWIN
LOCATIONS: SOUTH AFRICA, NEW YORK
“…we believe the eclipse happens because of a crocodile god who lives up among the stars. It goes dark when a crocodile eats the sun because he is displeased with the behaviour of man below. It is a very bad omen.”
Zimbabwe is a country groaning under the weight of economic depression and civil unrest. A place where a loaf of bread costs a five-figure sum, and where children are caught in the crossfire of state sponsored violence. For the Godwins though, Zimbabwe is home.
Ousted from the country by the powers-that-be, Peter Godwin is forced to take up residence in the concrete jungle of New York City. Back home his parents struggle on, refusing to leave for the comfort of America, repeatedly drawing him back to witness Zimbabwe’s compounding decay.
WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN is a story of opposites; contrasting worlds imploding into unimagined disarray, as the sins of our fathers reap their terrible legacy on the heads of our children. But at its heart, it is the story of two extraordinary love affairs, battling for the soul of one man.