Set during the 1980s in Matabeleland, The Tunnel follows young Elizabeth, nicknamed “Rabbit” because of her love of making up tall stories. When she arrives at a guerilla camp desperate for help, Elizabeth must tell her greatest story of all, a story about her village, strangers, ghosts, the day her father dug a tunnel to the city and her journey to find him. As the story unfolds, Elizabeth embarks on a quest for truth, weaving together fact and illusion. But reality is not far behind and, to save her village, Elizabeth will have to confront it.
This coming of age, magical realist fable is based on true events, occurring just after independence in Zimbabwe. The Tunnel‘s screenplay was selected by Focus Features for their inaugural Africa First Short Film Program.
The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival 2010 and subsequently in competition at the Berlinale. It is has gone on, and continues, to screen in prestigious festivals across the globe, including The Seattle International Film festival and The Moscow International Film Festival.