FOR AHKEEM

“Masterful…shows us the undeniable power of cinema.”
– Huffington Post

Now playing in select theaters!

* Top 10 List in Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”) and People Magazine (“People Pick”)
* Daje Shelton named on the Cinema Eye Honors List of “Unforgettables” in 2017, subjects that “helped to define documentary cinema in 2017” – Anne Thompson, IndieWire
* World Premiere, Berlin Film Festival, Nominated for Glashütte Original Documentary Award
* Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
* Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival Boston
* Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
* Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Indie Memphis Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Tacoma Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, International Black Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
* Winner, Outstanding Documentary Feature, Tallgrass Film Festival
* Winner, Special Jury Mention, Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival
* Official Selection of over 50 film festivals and counting

SYNOPSIS

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and 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.

“One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.”
– Toronto Film Scene

“A bracing story of grit in a world of social injustice”
– Los Angeles Times

“As close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks”
– RogerEbert.com

“For Ahkeem is THE millennial documentary on Black girlhood”
– Jet

“This verite doc about a St. Louis teen offers compellingly humane proof of the fact that Black lives matter”
– IndieWire

“A quietly impactful documentary with the texture of a narrative feature.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“A poignant look at Black girlhood”
– Essence

“The deeply personal tale of one young student as she experiences loss, love and dreams that never fade.”
– People Magazine

“We see and feel what Boonie is experiencing and it changes how we see life…Truly amazing”
– Unseen Films

“Intimate and touching”
– The Playlist

“Incredibly moving”
– Paste Magazine

“A remarkable experience”
– The Knockturnal

“This cinematically stunning and powerful film will leave you breathless and should be considered required viewing”
– Picture Motion

“A stunning, must-see documentary”
– MV Times

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