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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Sarah Gavron

UK | Fiction | 93

13 Apr
Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18 at 6:00 pm
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum
19 Apr
Sun, Apr 19 at 12:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


British-Nigerian teenager Rocks is a dynamic presence at her high school, doing her classmates’ makeup and initiating food fights in Home Ec class. What her friends don’t know is that she’s contending with an unstable mom who sometimes disappears, leaving the resilient adolescent to parent her younger brother Emmanuel. When circumstances reach a crisis, Rocks must decide whether to keep her troubles to herself or reach out for a helping hand. A year-long development process that involved the actors’ participation in creating the heart-rending story lends undeniable realness to the tale.

“Rocks is as mercurial and complex as any moody teenager can be, veering from hilarity to misery and back again in seconds. There are wrenchingly sad moments in this story, but what’s telling is that the scenes that really stay with us are the ones showing joy and hope: the infectious fun of an Afrobeat dance class at school; the engagement celebration gatecrashed by Rocks, her brother and a pet frog.” –Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Director Sarah Gavron

Rocks is Sarah Gavron’s third narrative feature. She made her feature bow with Brick Lane (Festival 2008) and received a BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Her other films include Village at the End of the World (2012), a documentary, and Suffragette (2015), winner of the Mind the Gap audience award at the Mill Valley Film Festival.



Film Details

Language English

Year 2019

Runtime 93

Country UK

Director Sarah Gavron

Producer Faye Ward, Ameenah Ayub Allen

Writer Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

Editor Maya Maffioli

Cinematographer Hélène Louvart

Music Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Cast Bukky Bakray, D'Angelou Osei Kissiedu, Kosar Ali