Jeremy S. Levine | Director, Producer, Editor in Brooklyn, NY
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For Ahkeem

FOR AHKEEM

Directed/Co-Produced by Jeremy S. Levine | Directed by Landon Van Soest | Produced by Iyabo Boyd and Nicholas Weissman | Executive Produced by Jeff Truesdell | Edited by Lily Henderson | Field Produced by Bradley Rayford | Production Company: Transient Pictures

 
Masterful…shows us the undeniable power of cinema.
—  Huffington Post
A special achievement…As close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.
— RogerEbert.com
One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.
— Toronto Film Scene
For Ahkeem is THE millennial documentary on Black girlhood.
— Jet
 

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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” – IndieWire

  • Winner of 10 film festival awards—including 7 “Best Feature Documentary” awards—and an official Selection of over 60 film festivals

  • Opened theatrically in 10 cities and broadcast on PBS

  • Streaming on Amazon Prime and Sundance Now

  • 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

 
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