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Sixteen

Sixteen
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Rob Brown
  • Written by: Rob Brown
  • Cast: Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day
  • UK release: 14 October 2013

Jumah is a former child soldier in the Congo, now living with his adoptive mother in west London and struggling to keep a lid on his history of violence. Witnessing a stabbing on a night out he is inescapably drawn into his old ways, leading himself and those around him to question whether he can ever stop being a soldier.

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SIXTEEN is an urban thriller about an African former child soldier called Jumah was brought to London by Laura, an aid worker who he now lives with. Jumah is about to turn 16 in two days and wants to leave his violent past behind him. Things seem to have taken a turn for the better with Jumah now; he has a sweet but tentative romance blossoming with a girl at school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing and the people involved want to make sure that he says nothing to the police about what he saw that night. Pressure mounts as violence forces it's way back into Jumah's life.

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