For Ahkeem


Somerville Theatre - Screen 5 Sat, Apr 29, 2017 7:00 PM
Film Info
Premiere Status:New England Premiere
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Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest
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Expected to be in attendance: Directors Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest, and Subject Daje Shelton

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, FOR AHKEEM is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. After she is expelled from her public high school, a juvenile-court judge sends Daje to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy, an alternative high school that offers her one last chance to earn a diploma. Now she must fight for her future while moving carefully through the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal-justice policies, and economic devastation that have set many of her Black peers up to fail. Over two years, we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving but tumultuous relationship with her mother.

As Antonio is drawn into the criminal-justice system, and events in Ferguson—just four miles from her home—seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young Black boy. Through Daje's intimate coming-of-age story, FOR AHKEEM illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and highlights the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

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Screening Supported by:
The DocYard