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Rocks (2019)Rocks (2019)

Rocks (2019)

A wonderfully buoyant and authentic look at Black and brown girlhood

Drama

7.5

movie

Germany, UK

English, Somali

Dramatic, Emotional, Heart-warming

2019

Female director, Sarah Gavron

Afi Okaidja, Anastasia Dymitrow, Bukky Bakray

94 min

Synopsis

A young teenage girl finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother after being abandoned by their single mother with no choice but to live out on the streets.

Our Take

7.5
Renee Cuisia

It’s rare now to hear the phrase “girl power” without being immediately suspicious of its intentions, reduced as it were to cheesy adspeak and empty platitudes. But in the case of Rocks—a movie helmed by a predominantly female crew and co-written by the teenage cast themselves—the slogan fits. There is power in this type of girlhood: open, collaborative, and supportive, and that’s just what happens off-screen. 

On-screen, what unfolds is even more complex and beautiful. As Rocks struggles to take care of her younger brother all on her own, as she’s forced to grow up and face ethical dilemmas normally reserved for adults, she is backed unwaveringly by her friends Sumaya, Agnes, Yawa, Khadijah, and Sabina. It’s their specific bond, unsentimental but deeply considerate and loyal, that keeps the film as solid and grounded as the title suggests.

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