Title: Little Kid, Big Fears
Written by: Kentrell Liddell
Type: Feature Film
Logline: Before the wedding bells ring, a frightened eight-year-old must let his mother know about the sexual advances her fiance makes towards him when she is not around.
Synopsis: A unique independent feature length film, Little Kid, Big Fears carries a powerful (and, unfortunately, much needed) message about child abuse, specifically child sexual abuse, without all the "explicits".
This powerful cautionary tale that features an African American cast unfolds as an innocent teenager, named Roderick Phillips, demonstrates the terrible inner turmoil that a victim of child abuse harbors.
When Roderick's mother (Dr. Phillips) and his father (Henry a.k.a. "Coach Phillips") divorce, Henry, the perpetrator and a highly revered basketball coach, gains full custody of Roderick.
Dr. Brenda King, single (never married) with a seven-year-old son (Joshua) meets Henry, and he seems like the perfect man. Brenda is very close to her childhood friend (Bernard Shepard) who also has a seven-year-old son (Gary, Joshua's best friend). It is Bernard and Brenda's colleague (Dr. Angie Penitone) who are strong supports to Brenda throughout this story.
At the beginning of the story, Henry and Brenda have been dating less than a year when he surprises her with a marriage proposal. Brenda hesitantly accepts, and they are set to wed in two weeks. Unbeknownst to Brenda, her fiance sexually abuses Joshua when she is not around, and Roderick knows all about the abuse. Joshua despises Henry and does not want him to marry his mother.
Brenda's career keeps her quite busy, and so it is a challenge for Joshua to find just the right time to reveal the horrific news to her. Joshua also fears what Henry will do to him if he reveals the abuse. Ultimately, it will be up to Roderick to decide if and how he will come forth and help to save his future younger brother from the fate he himself silently endured for many years.
After several twists and turns, the good news is that Roderick does eventually step up, and Joshua grows from fear to faith. He finds the courage to speak up and out about the abuse. The story ends well. Henry goes to jail.
This film will undoubtedly cause the viewers to act with disgust to the dramatic tension between the boys and Henry but will also teach the audience a great deal about child sexual abuse.
It is very sad that what the boys experience in the film is all too common these days. This film has a lot of potential to inspire children who are exposed to this type of abuse and to encourage them to step forward and tell someone they trust.
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