Rocks

This screening took place on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5:30pmYukon Arts Centre

This vibrant drama featuring a fantastic group of non-professional teenagers in London's East End centres around Rocks; teenage girl who finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother with no choice but to couchsurf and live on the streets to avoid being taken in by social services.

Shola (Bukky Bakray), or Rocks, as she's known, lives in a London council flat with her younger brother Emmanuel (D'angelou Osei Kissiedu) and their single mother. Mum is busy and stressed, leaving Rocks to spend all her free time with school friends. One day, she comes home to find her life radically altered: she is suddenly on her own with a child to take care of. Gavron could easily have steered Rocks into miserabilism, but delivers instead a surprising portrait of resilience. Rocks is mercurial, impulsive, and deeply sensitive - not unusual for her age, she sometimes makes desperately poor decisions, for what look to her like good reasons. When her closest friend Sumaya (Kosar Ali) tries to help, Rocks doesn't know how to accept it, blinded by Sumaya's two-parent household and relative comfort. - TIFF

In English and Somali with English subtitles. Some of the English accents may be challenging for most audience members. Unfortunately, we are unable to screen this film with English subtitles throughout.

Content advisory for mature themes and language. Recommended ages 12+

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