CIRCUIT

Lured by an older man with promises of love and protection, 16-year-old Savannah Jones' romantic expectations quickly fade as she finds herself trapped in the dark and devastating world of sex trafficking. Now called "Blondie," she stumbles her way through the hierarchy of girls, as she is forced to perform sexual acts for the wealthy. In the end, her efforts for rescue are dashed along with her hope and innocence.

  • Armie Hicks Jr
    Director
    Atlanta, Insecure
  • Sade Sellers
    Writer
    Deadly Dispatch
  • Armie Hicks Jr
    Writer
    Atlanta, Insecure
  • Lauren Herrel
    Producer
    Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Lisa Mazzotta
    Producer
    River Blue
  • Armie Hicks Jr
    Producer
    Atlanta
  • Birgundi Baker
    Key Cast
    "Savannah "Blondie" Jones"
    The Chi, Empire
  • Mariama Diallo
    Key Cast
    "Jade"
    Showtime, Jungle Cruise
  • Roy Abramsohn
    Key Cast
    "Lawyer"
    Searching
  • Claudia Castello
    Editor
    Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station, Fig
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Micheaux Film Festival
    Hollywood
    United States
    North American Premiere
    Outstanding Dramatic Short
  • Africa Film for Impact Festival

    Nigeria
    Best Social Justice Film
Director Biography - Armie Hicks Jr

Armie Hicks Jr was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. The actor, director, and producer has worked hard to establish himself in tv/film production. His cinematic addiction started at a young age by watching classic films with his uncle Keith. Due to the lack of interesting roles being offered to him as a black actor living in NC wanting to express his ideas, Armie decided to begin making his own content and he has been hooked ever since.

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Director Statement

I strive to be as authentic as possible in storytelling. After learning about sex trafficking from my sister Shantae, who travels the world rescuing teens from sexual slavery, I decided to interview several survivors. Their stories changed my life forever.

‘I’m not a victim anymore. I won’t be a victim anymore.’ a mantra said by survivor Cierra Robinson during our interview. Because the after-effects of trafficking can be so devastating, it can take a long time for survivors to start to feel normal and back in control of their lives, if ever. As women shared their experiences of adapting back into society with us, restoration - the process of restoring one’s life to normal, became a central theme in our movement. “When black girls are rescued through the criminal justice system we are forced to pay higher restitution fees, get more jail time, have to deal with biased family service officers, and we face care plans that are difficult or impossible to complete, leading to a return to-the-life,” says Robinson. At the time of the interview, Cierra had settled into a new home, a safer profession, and with the support of her new coworkers, had renewed contact with her family and friends; she was beginning to get her confidence back.

Cierra’s success is rare as many of the women we spoke to felt that they weren’t moving on positively, despite being free again. Some girls were taken as young as four years old, lack the social skills, education, and knowledge needed to survive and operate as functional adults in the world. With a lack of options and community to lean on, we seldom see women in this position thrive. Many end up back on the streets and committing to a life of crime.