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

Rocks

 

Year: 2019
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 93 minutes

Rocks
Rocks
Rocks
Rocks

After her feminist period drama “Suffragette,” Sarah Gavron returns with a lively, contemporary portrait of young women from multi-ethnic backgrounds growing up in East London. The story centers around Shola—affectionately known as “Rocks”—a Nigerian-British teen who lives with her single mother and seven-year-old brother, Emmanuel, in council housing. A budding makeup artist, she enjoys practicing on and goofing off with her dynamic group of supportive friends. Rocks comes home from school one day to find her mother has run off, leaving nothing but a scribbled apology and an envelope of cash. Unsure if their mother will return, she must take on the responsibility of caring for Emmanuel. As the two run from social services, terrified of being split up, Rocks grows increasingly impulsive and distant from her friends. Will she accept the help she needs or continue to push others away? Collaborating with the actresses and other young people in London, Gavron and her primarily female crew incorporated real experiences into ROCKS, taking a stripped-down, realist approach to this somber, yet energetic, tale of being forced to grow up. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 2:15 PM ET

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 6:25 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Sidebars
African Diaspora
Women of the World

Competitions
International Narrative Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Sarah Gavron

Producers
Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Screenwriting
Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

Cinematography
Hélène Louvart

Editing
Maya Maffioli

Principal Cast
Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes

Print Source

Community Partners

British American Chamber of Commerce

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning

Twelve Literary Arts

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