Monday 22 March 2021
18:00 to 19:30
Venue: Regal Cinema, Cargills Square, Jaffna

Admission: Free

British Council is pleased to partner with the Jaffna International Cinema Festival again, in its 6th year.
ROCKS by Film Director, Sarah Gavron, will be screened on Monday 22 March 2021, 6 p.m. at the Regal Cinema, Cargills Square, Jaffna. Admission is free but limited seating according to the health and safety guidelines. 

Rocks (15) is a teenage girl with big dreams for the future, loyal fun friends and an adoring, though mischievous, little brother, Emmanuel (7). Rocks enjoys school (as much as any teenager does) and lives a full vibrant life in East London with her team of London-centric best mates. Rocks’ world is turned upside down when she returns from school to find her mum gone, leaving some cash and a note offering little explanation except that she is sorry. Determined to stick with her brother and avoid being taken into care against all odds, Rocks leaves her home and hides in pockets of East London, and as each day becomes tougher and her secret harder to hide, Rocks starts to push away those who love her and her friendship group begins to fracture. When the authorities finally catch up with her, there is really only one source of support for her to turn to: her friends. A film about the joy, resilience and spirit of girlhood.

  • Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2019 - Platform - World premiere
  • Official Selection San Sebastián International Film Festival 2019 - European premiere
  • Official Selection Busan International Film Festival 2019 - Asian premiere
  • Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2019 - Special Presentation


Year - 2019
Type of film - Features
Running Time - 93 mins
Director - Sarah Gavron
Producer - Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen
Executive Producer - Natascha Wharton, Julia Oh, Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith, Emma Duffy, Will Clarke, Andy Mayson, Mike Runagall, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Sarah Gavron, Hannah Farrell
Editor - Maya Maffioli
Screenwriter - Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
Director of Photography - Hélène Louvart
Principal Cast - Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes, Tawheda Begum, Anastasia Dymitrow, Afi Okaidja, Sarah Niles
Genre - Woman Director, Black, Drama

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