KEY FRAMES

'CIRCUIT'

Directed by Armie Hicks Jr. Written by Armie Hicks Jr & Sade Sellers Produced by Lauren Herrel & Lisa Mazzotta, Sophia Kaprp, Kristopher Wile & Armie Hicks Jr. Executive Produced by Thomas Martin Starring: Birgundi Baker Xander Bailey Sophia McDowell Mariama Diallo Roy Abramsohn Pedrom Isaac Chairez

“Circuit” a heart-rending drama, based on a true story, by Armie Hicks Jr, tells the story of 16-year-old Savannah Jones who is lured into a relationship by an older man in hopes of finding affection and safe haven. Unfortunately, she is dragged into a crippling and destructive world of sex trafficking and soon finds herself having to partake in dark sexual acts along with many other girls in her situation. Armie’s team of actors has continuously strived to create works of films that aim to touch the hearts of its audience and spark conversations that call for change.

Most importantly, Armie states above that “As filmmakers, we have keen curiosity for stories dealing with social justice and marginalized people”, and he effectively allows these themes to be portrayed through the emotions of the characters and the tonal shifts in this film. When it comes to the world of sex trafficking, every year millions of people are deceived into a horrific life of sexual exploitation and forced labor. “Circuit” is careful to keep opposing forces at equilibrium, allowing a story filled with grief and devastation to be presented in a captivating manner. This allows the audience to empathize with the main character and her story, and at the same time still be able to take in the creative value of the film.

Words by Olisa Tasie-madi