Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021


Year: 2013
Run Time: 80 minutes


To rescue him from the horror of being a child soldier in the Congo, Jumah's mother gave him up for adoption. Now, on the brink of his 16th birthday, Jumah lives in London with his adoptive mother. But the dreams of his former life haunt him, and he is easily provoked to bursts of violence. One night Jumah witnesses a classmate commit a murder in an underpass. The classmate fears discovery and now Jumah is being threatened into silence, drawn dangerously close to a different type of war taking place in his school. The child soldier, who witnessed atrocities his fellow students can't imagine, is getting harder to control. Jumah only wants to be a barber, to live a normal life. But as the cycle of violence escalates around him, the point of supreme crisis is approaching. Riveting and intense, SIXTEEN bares his inner war to the viewer. Jumah has been pushed to the moment that will decide not only what type of man he will become, but whether or not he survives to become one. – C.R.

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African Diaspora

Rob Brown

Rob Brown is an award-winning writer and director. He won the New Arrivals Award at the 2011 Rotterdam International Film Festival. For SIXTEEN, he was nominated for the 2013 Sutherland Trophy at the British Film Institute Awards and for Best British Newcomer at the 2013 London Film Festival.

SIXTEEN (2013)

Jake Hume, Nic Jeune

Rob Brown

Justin Brown

Barry Moen

Principal Cast
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day, Fady Elsayed, Sam Spruell, Alezis Zegerman, Christopher Simpson

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Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

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