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.
“In this beautifully restrained drama, a 16-year-old former child soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo struggles to adapt to his new life in London after being adopted by an aid worker. When he witnesses a local drug dealer commit a murder, the threat of violence begins to force its way back into his life, and he feels the pressure to keep quiet about what he’s seen. Featuring a powerful, mostly silent performance from newcomer Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Sixteen is a remarkable feature debut that grapples with the challenges of immigrant life” – BAMcinématek/New Voices in Black Cinema.
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 in the fall of 2013, to critical acclaim, and the New Voices in Black Cinema Festival is extremely pleased to host the USA premiere of “Sixteen” at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NYC, tonight, Sunday, March 29, at 7:15pm.
You can pre-purchase tickets ahead of tonight’s screening here: http://www.bam.org/film/2015/sixteen.
Watch a trailer below: