From writer/director Rob Brown comes a new drama-thriller titled “Sixteen,” which tells the story of a young man named Jumah, a former child soldier from the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), living in London, with his 16th birthday on the horizon, who is put into a situation during which he’ll have to confront his past life, which will allow him to finally move forward with his new one.
Things seem to be better now. He has a tentative relationship building with a girl at a school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing and those involved want to ensure that Jumah says nothing to the police about what he saw that night. Pressure mounts as violence forces its way back into Jumah’s life.
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva stars as Jumah in the Seize Films-produced project.
Shot over 18 short days in April 2013, on a tiny budget, we featured the project’s post-production Kickstarter campaign last summer, which would go on to surpass its £15,000 (or about $25,000) goal, raising a total of £17,205 (roughly $29,000).
The film’s screenplay was chosen from 400 entries in competition for a reading that was performed at the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
It would eventually world premiere at the 57th BFI London Film Festival last fall, to critical acclaim, and continues to travel the film festival circuit; although primarily in the UK, with no Stateside playdates set at the moment, no any guarantee that there will be anytime in the near future. But I’ve got my antennae up just in case.
Those of you in the UK, I’d certainly love to read your thoughts on the film, if you were present for any of its past screenings. The comments section is yours…
For the rest of us, in the meantime, a trailer for the film has surfaced, so take a look at it below for a glimpse at what to expect: