The 16-Year-Old Killer: Cyntoia’s Story


In 2004, 16 year-old Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the murder of 43 year-old Johnny Allen. This documentary follows Brown from the first week of her arrest to her trial. Filmed over six years, film-maker Daniel Birman was given exclusive access to the 16 year-old, documenting the events in her life that led up to the murder.

During the film Cyntoia meets her biological mother for the first time, and what is revealed is a history of abuse, violence, drugs, prostitution and psychiatric disorders that spans three generations.

Sentenced to life in prison, this film puts forward the difficult questions about Cyntoia’s treatment by the American justice system, and what the future holds for her as she adjusts to prison life.

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