Experiencing Interruptions?


A mother and daughter come face to face about past memories and current issues masked by culture and religion that changed the dynamics in their relationship. Daughter blames her mother for how her life has turned out and mother is just trying to survive an unhappy life with an intense secret.

  • Juliana Ayeni-Stevens
  • Juliana Ayeni-Stevens
  • Juliana Ayeni-Stevens
  • Dorcas A.Stevens
    Key Cast
  • Tomi Ogunjobi
    Key Cast
    The Good Son, Appreciation
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    24 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Juliana Ayeni-Stevens

Juliana Ayeni-Stevens is a Black-British Filmmaker based in London, England.

She started her journey aspiring to become an actress but shortly after finishing university threw herself into a full-time career within talent management. Going onto to various roles within the arts and entertainment industry. Juliana began producing in 2016 and completed a course in producing at Raindance, she has gone on to produce two short films.

Her love for writing allows her to tell stories that capture the real human experience. Her love for films began in her early years watching a wide range of films from drama to comedy to documentaries.

She has a great love for Latin American Cinema.

This is her first directorial debut.

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Director Statement

BROKEN follows the deep and dark conversation between a mother and daughter. It looks at a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship were culture, religion, trauma and mental health play a part in both their lives.

This is a story extremely close to my heart, I was compelled to make this film because it really captured the everyday human experience. I had not seen anything that really spoke about especially around the trauma women especially mothers and daughters face individually and how much of an effect it’s becomes in their relationship. The impact generational experiences masked with culture and religion still stigmatise mental health and emotional abuse. This exploration raised the debate of nature verses nurture and the question of what really makes us ‘us’.

As a storyteller, I am interested in creating powerful and thought-provoking narratives that will not only entertain the viewer, but educate them as well. The themes and issues presented in a story like this must be told.