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Adopted by a nurse from a Bexley housing estate, a former child soldier (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) from the Democratic Republic of Congo sees his ambitions to become a barber threatened when he and a classmate witness the murder of a landlord who has evicted a vicious drug dealer.

★★★★★

Admirably capturing the ambience of a tough South-East London neighbourhood, this is a sincere slice of social realism that tackles some complex issues with thoughtful trenchancy. But, despite a fine lead performance, the action depends too heavily on melodramatic contrivance.

A thoughtful, sincere slice of tough life with a strong lead performance by Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, but marred by over-dramatic plotting.

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