With an unplanned pregnancy and a strained relationship with her mother, life is not the K-pop fantasy Yaejin dreams of.
Sixteen-year-old Yaejin Kim (Sua Cho) lives in a gauzy, hormonal daydream, dilly-dallying on the streets and in the sheets, with her boyfriend Wes (Dan Lee). Enamoured by her first romance, she keeps her relationship a secret from her Christian mum, Hae Rin (Ha Jin Park), a Korean nail technician, as their one year anniversary celebration nears.
Sixteen is a coming-of-age short screen blending vignettes of domesticity with chaotic K-Pop fantasies in an honest exploration of intergenerational difference in a vivid portrait of Korean-New Zealand girlhood.
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