“Masterful…shows us the undeniable power of cinema.”
– Huffington Post
“One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.”
– Toronto Film Scene
“A special achievement…As close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.”
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.