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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Rather optimistically, mid-2012 the general completion schedule was built around the film seeing it's World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2013. This was to give the team a logical schedule to work toward, keep momentum going but it was also the premiere venue of choice for the team's first feature. Sixteen was later accepted in-competition to the festival after submission of a rough (not final) screener in May 2013. See more