by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest
Thursday, Sept 28, 7pm – Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
(USA, 2017, 89 min)
Closed-captioned in English
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. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her 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. Through Daje’s intimate coming of age story, For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
Introduction and Q&A with directors Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest
Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.