Sixteen-year-old Jumah lives with his adoptive mother in west London where he struggles with typical issues of a boy his age: authority, his temper, rules. Yet everything changes one night when, out exploring the city with a new friend, Jumah witnesses a stabbing. This incident opens scars from Jumah's former life in the Congo as a child soldier, reawakening the burden of his past as well as the anxiety of his future.
Filmed with naturalism and restraint, Sixteen explores the trauma of a reality too many children in Africa have faced. Respected short filmmaker Rob Brown's first feature film premiered at BFI London and Karlovy Vary and won Best Film from the Royal Television Society, UK.