For Ahkeem

For Ahkeem
dir.Landon Van Soest, Jeremy Levine/United States/2017/90 min

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.


  • projection time:
    90 min
  • country/year:
    United States/2017
  • director:
  • pictures:
    Nicholas Weissman
  • production:
    Last Resort Doc, A Weissman Studio, Transient Pictures, Independent Television Service Production
  • selected festivals and awards:
    2017 – IFF Berlin, 2017 – FF Tribeca, 2017 – Hot Docs Toronto, 2017 – IFF Boston: Grand Jury Prize

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