The Playground (2017)

Director
Edreace Purmul

Main cast
Myles Cranford; Merrick McCartha; Shane P. Allen; Christopher Salazar; Ghadir Mounib

Genres
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Description
A fable of five vastly separate inner-city lives who struggle against their limitations in an interlocking tale assembled by a dark orchestrator.


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