How BAFTA Nominee ‘Rocks’ Became a Groundbreaking Vision of Black Girls Coming of Age

While the British coming-of-age story “Rocks” hasn’t been a part of the Oscar season conversation, the BAFTAs are a different story.

The movie is nominated for eight awards at this Sunday’s ceremony, and has been available on Netflix since earlier this year.

Although directed by Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), the key figures behind this acclaimed project is British-Nigerian playwright and screenwriter Theresa Ikoko.Ikoko co-wrote the script, her first, with seasoned scribe Claire Wilson, and the pair are each nominated for BAFTAs in Outstanding Debut and Original Screenplay.Praised at home and abroad for its honest treatment of sisterhood among teenage girls of color, the film follows a British-Nigerian adolescent nicknamed Rocks (Bukky Bakray) forced to take on adult preoccupations when her mother suddenly abandons her and her younger brother.

Amid such precarious circumstances, she finds encouragement and affection in her group of loyal girlfriends.

Earlier this year, “Rocks

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